Kuwait is scrapping its sponsorship system in February to coincide with the launch of the labour affairs authority
Kuwait will scrap its controversial sponsorship system in February, the social affairs and labour minister has said.
"We will eliminate the sponsorship system in February to coincide with the launch of the labour affairs authority," Mohammad Al Afassi said. "This will be our gift to expatriates on the occasion of Liberation Day," he was quoted as saying by the Kuwaiti daily Al Rai newspaper.
Al Afassi has been spearheading a drive to do away with a system that has often been described as modern-day slavery.
Under the system, foreigners cannot enter, work in, switch jobs in or leave a Gulf country without the approval of a sponsor who has full control over their movements.