Qatar awaits results of investigation by UN labor organization

Following a visit to Qatar this month, a delegation of UN labor inspectors has said it is doubtful that upcoming kafala changes will do much to protect the country’s migrant workforce.

Senior International Labour Organization (ILO) members have filed a preliminary report after coming here to investigate complaints that the country’s sponsorship system facilitates “forced labor” by making it difficult for expats to leave abusive employers.

They will announce on Tuesday whether they recommend the establishment of a commission of inquiry, the ILO’s highest investigative mechanism, to take a closer look at the complaints.