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Gulf nation Qatar considers scrapping employee sponsorship policy under draft labor law

Qatar says it is introducing a draft law that could eventually end a controversial sponsorship system that ties expatriate workers to a single employer amid increased scrutiny over labor rights in the Gulf nation.

Officials in the 2022 World Cup host country announced the proposed change at a press conference in the capital, Doha, on Wednesday. They say the law could also revise policies that require expatriates to obtain their employer's clearance to change jobs or leave the country.

They gave no timeframe for when the new law might be implemented.

Human rights advocates have urged Qatar to scrap the sponsorship system, saying it leaves workers open to exploitation and abuse. Expatriates make up the bulk of the workforce in the OPEC nation.