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Qatar Monday announced the end of its controversial "kafala" system, arguably the biggest ever labor reform undertaken by the 2022 football World Cup host nation.In a long-expected announcement, Labor Minister Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi said the "kafala" rules would be abolished as of Tuesday, Dec. 13 .He said a contract-based system to govern the gas-rich Gulf emirate's 2.1 million foreign workers would take its place.Under "kafala," all foreign workers working in Qatar currently require a local sponsor, in the form of an individual or company, and need their permission to switch jobs or leave the country.
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