Social Science Baha

Policy Brief on the Kafala System

Supported by: Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI)
March 2012

Centre for Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) at Social Science Baha undertook a review of the policy governing migrant workers in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and published it in the form of a policy brief ‘The Kafala System and Its Implications for Nepali Domestic Workers’ in March 2012. The kafala system is a sponsorship system that gives the sponsors/employers complete control over migrants’ mobility as well as their visa status. Under this framework, the state of domestic workers is particularly precarious since they are not protected by the labour laws of the GCC countries and come directly under the purview of the kafala system only. This policy brief highlights some of the implications of the kafala system on Nepali domestic workers and presents recommendations to address the difficulties these workers are faced with. The policy brief was brought in Nepali and English