Establishment of National Office of Assistance to Refugees and Disaster Victims

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The Government of Djibouti and IOM inaugurated a new facility in the capital of Djibouti to house the headquarters of the National Office of Assistance to Refugees and Disaster Victims (ONARS) a structure under the Ministry of the Interior. The new office is expected to strengthen ONARS’ operational support and assistance for refugees, asylum seekers and disaster victims, including migrants, throughout the country.

Federal Decree-Law No. (33) of 2021

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Employers are prohibited from confiscating employees’ official documents and workers should not be forced to leave the country following the end of their work term. Employers shall bear the fees and expenses of recruitment and employment and shall not recover them directly or indirectly from the employee. 

Iraq Makes Key Pledges for Improved Migration Governance

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Iraq is the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region to submit both a Voluntary National Review (VNR) – an overview of the State’s progress toward the GCM’s objectives – and a set of forward-looking policy pledges. On 10 May, The Inter-Ministerial Technical Working Group committed to a total of seven policy pledges. Commitments include: 1. Prioritization of Migration, Environment and Climate Change. Improved collection and management of Migration Data 3. Follow-up on the Migration Governance Indicators Assessment 4. Expansion and strengthening of the National Referral Mechanism for Reintegration 5. Dynamic Diaspora Engagement 6. Systemization of identity management through implementation of an electronic Return Case Management System 7. Better engagement on Integrated Border Management.  

Launch of the Labour Registration System in Bahrain

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On 17 October 2022, the Labour Market Regulatory Authority launched the Labour Registration Program in partnership with the private sector through Labour Registration Centers with the aim of providing a safe and balanced-work environment that preserves the rights of all parties and the society, enhancing the efforts to eliminate irregular workers and linking work permits to vocational standards and qualifications.

Launch of The Third National Strategy on Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Persons (2022-2026)

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The National Coordinating Committee for Combating and Preventing Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons (NCCPIM&TIP), which is affiliated to the Cabinet of Ministers, launched the Third National Strategy on Combating and Preventing Trafficking in Persons for the period (2022-2026). It is a starting point and the beginning of new action plan in which we build on what was achieved upon the completion of the previous National Strategy (2016-2021). the National Strategy has followed the international scientific approach in the field of combating trafficking in persons, which is the four pillars’ approach “4Ps” (Prevention, Prosecution, Protection, and Partnership), which makes the strategy an effective tool in the hands of the government to protect individuals and the community as a whole.

Law No. 22 of 2021 regulating health care services in the State of Qatar

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The law stipulates that the employer is committed to pay for the health insurance installments to provide his workers coverage for the necessary basic health care services.  The employer is also committed to supply his employees with a health insurance card after issuing the insurance document and present proof of this when issuing or renewing the residency permits. Further, the employer is committed to pay for any costs of health care services offered to the beneficiaries under him on account of his failure to maintain a valid health insurance for them.