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More than 200 Palestinian teachers set to work in Qatar by September

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For illustrative purposes only.

More than 18 months after a deal was brokered to allocate work visas to 20,000 people from Palestine, more than 200 Palestinians are due to arrive in Doha after Ramadan to work as teachers, the territory’s ambassador to Qatar has said.

The wave of new workers includes residents of both Gaza and the West Bank who will be employed in Qatar’s independent (state-run schools) in time for the start of the new academic year in September, according to Munir Ghannam, the Palestinian Ambassador to Qatar.

This follows an announcement last month by Qatar’s Supreme Education Council (SEC) that it was hiring 1,500 new teachers from Arab countries to work in government schools to help address teacher shortages.

An SEC official said at the time it had already received applications from educators in Gaza and the West Bank, in addition to other countries.

Ghannam told Doha News that the SEC was still hiring and that the number of new teaching recruits may rise in the coming weeks.

“The SEC is still choosing teachers. We expect more than 200 (Palestinians) to come for the beginning of the school year,” Ghannam said.

The agreement

In early 2014, it was announced that Qatar had agreed to allot 20,000 work visas to those holding Palestinian identification documents, not necessarily just those with passports.

Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah
Palestinian PM Rami Hamdallah

The visa deal was stuck in response to a request made by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah during a visit to Qatar in late 2013.

Although there are thought to be at least 20,000 Palestinians living and working in Qatar, those from the Palestinian territories have been unable to apply for work visas in Qatar for a number of years.

The first work visas were due to be issued around the end of January 2014, although the actual number of Palestinians moving to Qatar since the agreement was signed is not known.

“Companies do not always inform us when they employ people, so we do not have a figure for the new people here. However, several people have recently come to the embassy asking for help with paperwork in certain areas and they told us they are new arrivals here,” Ghannam said.

He said that he was not aware of particular targets for companies to employ Palestinians, but that the agreement would depend on particular skills sought in Qatar and would be attractive to many of those living in the occupied territories, where unemployment is around 23 percent.

“The door is open for Palestinians to come to Qatar, according to the needs of the labor market. Unemployment in Palestine is very high. The Palestinians need work where they can find it.

It depends on which companies apply to bring in Palestinians (to Qatar). If they want engineers or technicians, they can get them within a few days.  Qatar is a big supporter of Palestine. This (deal) was done in order to ease the situation for Palestinians in Palestine who live in difficult situations. It is a good step from our brothers the Qataris,” Ghannam added.

How it works

As with other GCC countries, Qatar has a quota system that restricts the number of foreign workers allowed to come to the Gulf state from various countries.

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Ghannam previously told Doha News that, prior to the agreement, the quota for new Palestinians coming to Qatar had remained at zero since he assumed his post nearly 10 years ago.

Under the new system, an electronic database was planned to be established, which would enable Palestinian job seekers to upload their CVs so they could be reviewed by recruiters in Qatar.

Companies can hire individuals directly, without the need to go through agencies, and then undertake the sponsorship process.

Ghannam previously said that the agreement between the two governments was restricted to employment visas and there was no explicit discussions on whether workers could be accompanied by family members.

Thoughts?

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MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I hope they do very thorough secruity screening on those coming here.

Pal
Pal
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

They screen them as much as they screen Westerns.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Pal

People who graduated from the University of Western Ontario? I never realised they were such a threat.

Amber
Amber
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

You know some of the most ruthless killers and terrorist were highly educated individuals who never stepped foot outside of North America or Europe.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  Amber

Well that rules out students from UWO……

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Did you live in ‘The Zoo’ for your first year of res?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago
Reply to  SullyofDoha

No but I know what it is…….

Kz
Kz
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Exactly wonder how you got accepted.

Mohammed Arsalan
Mohammed Arsalan
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

If guys can you like pass security then anyone can pass. By the way when you are flying back to your great country as it seems you have lot of problem with Qatar. Isn’t your case of ” bite the hand that feeds”.

Simon
Simon
6 years ago

The ‘feeding’ goes both ways. I supply skills that the country hasn’t got, in return I get paid a salary. We call it a Contract of Employment. Both parties benefit. We’re feeding ourselves, thanks – no hand is feeding us.

Rane de Beer
Rane de Beer
6 years ago

What effect will this have on basic social services in Palestine? As I understand it, Palestinians have a great need of these, so how can this plan be in their best interest? http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/8D0C34F92807A70C85257DF0004E44CA

Mohammed Arsalan
Mohammed Arsalan
6 years ago

Really admire the Qatari leadership for this novel gesture. Palestinians are one of the worst persecuted by the so called civilized countries. I am sure the remittances back home will improve the quality of life in Gaza.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

I tend to agree, the way the gulf states keep them stateless despite living in their countries for generations with no chance of going home whereas in Europe and North America they are giving citzenship so can lead full and normal lives. Shame on Qatar and the rest of the GCC how they treat their Arab brothers.

Mohammed Arsalan
Mohammed Arsalan
6 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Although your comment is acerbic but it makes perfect sense. I wont disagree with you.

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

It is disgusting what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians, but equally in the gulf supposedly amongst their Arab brothers it’s is not much better. No where to go, no rights and no future or hope.

Simon
Simon
6 years ago

An evenly balanced comment – enormous chips on BOTH shoulders.

SullyofDoha
SullyofDoha
6 years ago

Why not hire more people from Palestine to work in the construction industry?

Bajn
Bajn
6 years ago
Reply to  SullyofDoha

Palestinians are not as pliant as Indians/Nepalis.

rasheeka bintaboobucker
rasheeka bintaboobucker
6 years ago

As my husband working under a Jordanian Palestinian manager I can guess the misery of that students going to be under that teachers

Simon
Simon
6 years ago

Arsalan, where are you, mate? Somebody has a rather different view to you, rooted in personal experience – time to shoot them down, no?

MIMH
MIMH
6 years ago

You have to understand where the Palestinians are coming from. Some have been trapped in Qatar for generations, no chance of Qatari citizenship and treated pretty badly. No chance of going back home either as Israel won’t allow it. They have to do what they can to survive being stateless.

Blue
Blue
6 years ago

Generalise shall we!!

Don’t blame them though – they scared to leave their seat/position cause if they visit the restroom, someone may ‘occupy’ their seat/position :-/

Sammyb
Sammyb
6 years ago

Because that will really raise the bar for the students’ education…….Great advisors SEC

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