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Qatar's decision to commit to sweeping labor reforms may head off an international investigation into its treatment of hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, but rights groups wonder if the 2022 World Cup host will stick to its pledges. Last week the International Labor Organization said Qatar had agreed to cooperate on a range of reforms – from allowing workers freedom to leave the country and change jobs without their employer's permission, to establishing a minimum wage and a fund to guarantee late wages.These are the most far-reaching labor reforms yet agreed to by Qatar, which hopes to burnish its image abroad at a time when its Arab rivals have been boycotting it as a global financier of militant groups, a charge it denies.While Qatar has welcomed labor and rights groups into the country to work with it on reform, criticism of its labor conditions has added to its image problems.Rights and labor groups have campaigned for years against the kafala system, which forces Qatar's 1.6 million mainly Asian workers to seek their employer's consent to change jobs or leave the country – measures which the groups say leaves workers open to exploitation.
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