Bahrain will become the second Gulf country to officially ‘abolish’ the kafala (sponsorship) system that governs foreign laborers, according to Alsharq al-Awsat newspaper.

The newspaper added that the decision will take effect starting from April 2017.

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It said that the new system will include 48,000 employees and it will be implemented gradually and reviewed twice a year during two years.


Qatar has, recently, abolished a similar system which “guarantees greater flexibility, freedom and protection to Qatar’s more than 2.1 million salaried workforce,” according to the Qatar News Agency.