Ambassador: Qatar to grant work visas to 20,000 Palestinians
Published Tuesday 14/01/2014 (updated) 18/01/2014 16:39
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Ibn Hamad Al Thani has given orders to grant work visas to 20,000 Palestinians, the Palestinian ambassador to Qatar told Ma'an on Monday.
The move comes after 20 years in which Palestinians were prevented by Qatari authorities from acquiring visas to work in the prosperous Persian Gulf emirate, according to the ambassador.
Muneer Ghannam told Ma'an that Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah, who met with Sheikh Tamim two weeks ago, had requested that Qatar allow Palestinian specialists to work in Qatar in order to help reduce unemployment rates in Palestine.
The Emir of Qatar responded positively and eventually approved the entry of 20,000 Palestinians to work in his country.
The Palestinian ministries of labor and foreign affairs will coordinate with their Qatari counterparts to determine what specialists the Qatari labor market can absorb, according to the ambassador. The two ministries will soon begin publicizing a list of vacancies in Qatar.
Workers and specialists who plan to take advantage of the Qatari announcement will have to sign a contract through the Palestinian ministries of labor and foreign affairs, added the ambassador.
If a Qatari employer decides later to end the contract for whatever reason, he explained, the Palestinian will return to his homeland and will not be allowed to work again in Qatar until two years have passed.
The ambassador highlighted that the Palestinian Authority minister of interior Said Abu Ali and his Qatari counterpart signed an agreement detailing all employment conditions and regulations.