Support for Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia

العمالة المنزلية اكبر موقع يخدم مكاتب الاستقدام ومكاتب الخدمات للتسويق عن الغير

Saudi Arabia is one of the most dangerous places for domestic workers, both for their health and for their safety. As a result, the country’s laws are often unclear about their rights, and employers are often unable to enforce them. Despite this, many domestic workers in the country report being physically abused and sexually abused, and they report feeling unsafe and unsure about their future. The abuse may be intentional, or it could simply be due to the fact that the Saudi government does not want to pay their wages or have the workers.

شكاوى من ارتفاع أجور «تدبير» لاستقدام الخادمات.. وإدارة المراكز: عرض وطلب -  أخبار صحيفة الرؤية

In order to protect migrant domestic workers, the Saudi government has introduced reforms to its kafala system. However, these reforms only apply to Saudi citizens, and migrant domestic workers do not qualify for them. Some people may not realize this, but the Saudi government has a history of violating the rights of migrant domestic workers. According to UNHCR’s World Migration Report, “There is a high risk of human trafficking among migrant domestic workers in Saudi Arabia.”

The Saudi government is attempting to address these issues by providing support to domestic workers. The government has established a domestic worker center in Riyadh, which offers immigration and wage dispute resolution services. While it is illegal to force domestic workers to live in other households, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior says that such a practice is illegal and is the subject of an investigation. Until now, this situation has remained relatively unchanged.

The Ministry of Social Affairs runs a center for domestic workers in Riyadh. They promise open access and transparency, but the reality is different. After a human rights researcher visited the center on December 6, 2006, they were transferred from the shelter to another location. The women in the center had been there for at least a day. They were then kept in the shelter for several weeks. As a result, they faced the danger of being repatriated before seeking help.

The Saudi government is obligated to provide support for domestic workers who have been employed for more than six months. The law prohibits such practices, but a government agency can help. Most agencies will reimburse the worker’s expenses, which can be costly. The fee depends on the duration of the job. In some cases, it is illegal to force the worker to live in another household, and the worker cannot leave the country without the permission of their sponsor.

Although the government’s immigration policy requires Saudi employers to sign the exit visas of migrant workers, some do not. This prolongs the stay of the worker in the country and can lead to further abuse. The employer can even use the worker’s home as a temporary shelter. If they fail to do so, they can be deported and live in the country. But it is not easy to leave a company.

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