ANNOUNCEMENT 02 Jul 2011

In July 2011, the government of Saudi Arabia announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 0 liberalising
Inception date: 02 Jul 2011 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Labour market access

On 2 July, 2011, the Ministry of Labour has stopped issuing work visas to workers from Indonesia and the Philippines.
This was due to the hiring conditions imposed by the two countries in terms of salary, working hours and other conditions. It is estimated that the two countries will lose circa SR65 billions (US$17.33 billions) in annual remittances.
Many international newspapers confirm the piece of news.
According to local news, the ban on Filipino maid has been lifted on 2 October 2012 following an agreement between the two countries.

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