Article 24

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This Article mandates sponsors to repatriate migrant workers after expiry of the residence permit and/or bearing the expenses of preparing a deceased sponsored employee for burial irrespective of the cause of death.

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Article 24. The sponsor shall repatriate his expatriate after the expiry or cancellation of his residency permit or when an order to repatriate him is issued. However, in all cases, whoever employs any expatriate without sponsoring the latter and in breach of the provisions of Law number 4 shall pay the repatriation expenses in addition to the prescribed penalty.

Law /Qatar / Law No. 4 of 2009 Regarding Regulation of Expatriates' Entry, Departure, Residence and Sponsorship (the Sponsorship or Kafala Law)

The Sponsorship Law sets out the framework through which expatriate workers are permitted to reside and work in Qatar, restricting their ability to work for an employer other than their sponsor and imposing requirements related to their ability to exit Qatar (such as the requirement to obtain a permit to exit).The sponsorship law has been heavily criticised for establishing a framework that creates conditions under which forced labour can result from the actions of abusive employers. It is expected that the sponsorship system set out in the law will be the subject of reform to address those criticisms.

This Law has been amended by Law No. 21 of 2015 on the Regulation of the Entry and Exit of Expatriates. Changes will enter into force 1 year after the publication of Law 21/2015, on the 27th of October 2016.