The sponsorship system: Saudi Arabia eases procedures for hiring foreigners



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Rights organizations say the changes do not include those most at risk of abuse

Saudi Arabia has loosened restrictions on the sponsorship system for foreign employees, which has been criticized by human rights organizations and workers’ rights.

From today, workers in the energy, construction and hospitality sectors can move between jobs in the country without the need for a license from the sponsor.

However, human rights organizations say that these changes do not include the three and a half million domestic workers who are most vulnerable to abuse and rights violations.

Saudi Arabia hopes that these changes will make it more attractive to foreign investment.


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