Gulf expats face job uncertainty as countries lock down

Pedro Gonçalves
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Millions of expats across the Gulf fear being stuck in a virus limbo as host countries lock down, employers withhold wages or mull redundancies and strict coronavirus containment measures are enforced. Some labourers in Saudi Arabia, home to 10 million expat workers, complained that they were required by bosses to work while Saudis were permitted paid quarantine leave. After Saudi Arabia, the UAE hosts the Gulf's second largest migrant labor force with 8.7 million, followed by Kuwait with 2.8 million.  Kuwait is considering the possibility of imposing a lockdown on a number of resi...

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