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South Asian migrants stranded in Saudi Arabia after Qatari bosses ordered to leave

(File photo) A Worker from India in his room outside the capital Riyadh. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 29, 2017, 02.50 AM (IST)

Several South Asian migrants employed as domestic workers and farmers are stranded in Saudi Arabia after their Qatari employers were asked to leave the kingdom.

The head of Qatar's National Human Rights Committee Ali bin Smaikh Al-Marri told the media on Wednesday that the workers, who are from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, have been left behind without accommodation and money and are living "illegally". 

Many of those affected were farmers who drive livestock between the two countries, Marri said, AFP reported.

"Usually the workers travel with Qataris -- many Qataris employ farmers and travel with their domestic workers and drivers," he said.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain suspended ties with Qatar on June 5 over allegations that the emirate supports extremists. Doha denies the claim. 

"The workers were not allowed to travel into Qatar and now they are living illegally in Saudi Arabia and do not have basic needs," Marri said. 

"They have no shelter and cannot access money."

In Qatar, there is a sponsorship system that ties workers to their employers.

There is no word on the exact number of migrants stranded. 

 

 

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