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Qatar: Update to Information Request QAT18334.E of 1 September 1994 on the current treatment of Palestinians in Qatar and on their working conditions

Publisher Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 March 1998
Citation / Document Symbol QAT28948.E
Cite as Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Qatar: Update to Information Request QAT18334.E of 1 September 1994 on the current treatment of Palestinians in Qatar and on their working conditions, 1 March 1998, QAT28948.E, available at: [accessed 16 April 2014]
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Information on the situation of Palestinians in Qatar and their work conditions could not be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.

However, Country Reports 1997 states that

The law prohibits forced or compulsory labor. Three-quarters of the work force are expatriate workers, who are dependent on a single employer for residency rights. This leaves them vulnerable to abuse. For instance, employers must give consent before exit permits are issued to any foreigner seeking to leave the country. Some employers temporarily withhold this consent to force foreign employees to work for longer periods than they wish. The Government prohibits forced and bonded labor by children and enforces this prohibition effectively.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1997.1998. United States Department of State. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office [Internet],

Additional Sources Consulted

One oral source could not be contacted within the prescribed research delays

Resource Centre Country files: Qatar.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Reports. Daily.

UNHCR databases (REFWORLD).

Electronic sources : LEXIS/NEXIS; Internet, IRB databases.

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