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Interior Ministry clarifies regarding repatriation cost of expat employee

10 June 2022

The Interior Ministry in Qatar has issued a press statement in order to clarify further about the duty of a recruiter with regard to repatriation cost of an expat employee.

Responding to a tweet about the obligations of a recruiter towards repatriation of expat employee, being circulated in social media, the Ministry clarified that Article No.19 of the law, regarding the obligations of the recruiter, states as follows:

The employer shall bear the expenses of deporting the expat employee to his country in cases as stipulated in this Law. If the expat had been working with another organization, violating the provision of this law, that entity with whom he is currently working, will have to bear the deportation expenses.

However, if the entity is unknown, the expat will have to bear the expenses himself. But, if he is unable to pay, and does not have money within the state, the recruiter will have to bear the expenses.

However, in any case, irrespective of who employs the expat, who has not been actually recruited to work for him, by violating the provisions of this Law, will have to bear the expenses of his deportation, without prejudice, to any of the legally established aspects of responsibility.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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