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Qatar cabinet backs changes to controversial labour law

 Football World Cup 2022 host Qatar has agreed changes to its controversial "kafala" sponsorship system for foreign workers, which critics have likened to modern-day slavery, state media reported on Wednesday. 

Singapore must balance immigration policies and birthrate: PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has warned that Singapore, with over 1.3 million foreign workers, may end up in a "tight spot" like Japan if it fails to strike the right balance between birthrate and immigration policies.

Islamic State releases Bangladeshi hostages in Libya oilfield attack

  Two Bangladeshi citizens, among a group of foreign workers taken hostage by the Islamic State militant group in an attack on a Libyan oilfield, have been released after more than two weeks, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Indonesia to withdraw local language plan for foreign workers: Sources

 Indonesia will withdraw a plan that would force foreign workers to take local language proficiency exams after protests from investors, two government officials said.

PM raised H1-B visa issue for Indian with US President: Govt

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the issue of H1-B visa with President Barack Obama, while underlining the importance of ensuring access for Indian professionals in the United States, the government today said.

Saudi Arabia to ban foreign workers using fake degrees

Saudi Arabia plans to introduce penalties against people found to be holding fake academic degrees and to deport them from the Kingdom.

Indian eatery in Australia barred from hiring foreign hands

 Australian authorities have cancelled an Indian restaurant`s right to recruit foreign workers after several breaches of migration law, media reported Monday.

Foreign workers help in cleaning Singapore beach

More than 300 foreign construction workers, including Indian nationals on Sunday came forward to clean one of Singapore's popular beach parks.

Indian among three foreign workers kidnapped in Nigeria

Three expatriate construction workers were kidnapped on Friday in Nigeria`s Bayelsa state in the delta region, a security forces spokesman said.

Foreign workers may get five year residency permit in Saudi

Saudi Arabia plans to extend the validity of the residency permits of foreign workers, including Indians to five years to ease mental and financial pressure on the expat community, a media report said today.

Foreign workers may get five year residency permit in Saudi

Saudi Arabia plans to extend the validity of the residency permits of foreign workers, including Indians to five years to ease mental and financial pressure on the expat community, a media report said today.

Singapore announces plan to manage foreign workers

Singapore today spelt out a two-pronged approach to manage foreign workers that included reducing the reliance on low-cost labour to avoid a situation like the December 8 riot involving migrant workers from South Asia.

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin gave the governments response in Parliament today to the state-appointed Committee of Inquiry`s (COI) recently-released report on the Little India riot, Singapore`s worst street violence in 40 years.

Qatar to end sponsorship system for foreign workers

Qatar, which will host the 2022 football World Cup, said Wednesday it will abolish its controversial sponsorship system for foreign workers as international criticism mounts over their treatment.

Qatar to end sponsorship system for foreign workers

Qatar which will host the 2022 football World Cup, said Wednesday it will abolish its controversial sponsorship system for foreign workers as international criticism mounts over their treatment.

Foreign workers face many challenges in Singapore, CoI told

Foreign workers in Singapore said they were "not dissatisfied" with working conditions but faced challenges like salaries being not paid, local media reported.

Malaysia bars foreign workers from fast-food outlets

Malaysia`s fast-food restaurants will no longer be allowed to hire foreign workers, the Home Ministry said today, a decision that will affect thousands of Indians who come seeking work as waiters and cooks.

Singapore riot: 200 foreign workers get police advisories

Two hundred foreign workers, including Indians, today received advisories from Singapore police for alleged involvement in the worst street violence here in 40 years.

Maldives to replace foreign workers with locals

The Maldives government is looking to replace a large number of expatriate workers within a year in order to promote jobs for citizens, a media report said.

Riots in Singapore were `spontaneous`: PM Lee

Singapore`s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that last Sunday`s riot in the city state was spontaneous and there is no reason to believe that it was due to unhappiness among foreign workers.

Saudi Arabia warns of action against illegal immigrants

Saudi Arabia said Saturday that there would be no leniency toward organisations that hire illegal immigrants, Xinhua reported quoting Saudi Press Agency as saying.