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Saudi Arabia looks to scrap sponsorship system

The Saudi labour ministry has said it has started taking practical steps aimed at scrapping the individual sponsorship (kafala) system, Arab News has reported. "We have already begun changing some technical terms related with the sponsorship system, like changing the term 'transfer of sponsorship' to 'transfer of services.' Other steps included preventing sponsors from holding passports of foreign workers and cancelling the condition to obtain the sponsor's approval for workers to bring their families to the kingdom," said deputy labour minister for workers affairs, Ahmad Al-Humaidan.