What it means to be deported from any GCC member country?

GCC or Gulf Cooperation Council is a political, government and economic union of regional states namely; Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. GCC countries have common objectives that fosters mutual cooperation and unity in many aspects of society.

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) logo.
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) logo. (fujairahobserver)

It is common for some citizens of GCC countries to visit other Gulf states and to possibly take up employment without much restriction. However, it is very important to note that expatriates will always be bound by the existing laws, rules and regulations of all GCC countries.

Recently, according to POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, the Ministry of Interior from Qatar has issued a circular stating that migrant / expatriate workers who have been deported from any of the GCC countries due to various irregularities like abandonment of work or running away from sponsors and employers or any other violation will also be denied entry by the rest of the GCC countries.

This is in accordance with the resolution of GCC Secretary General and the activation of the security link among GCC countries that any violator of labor regulations in one of the GCC countries will be treated as a violator in the other five countries.

Being an OFW is never an easy life and let us all be reminded everyday that we are bound by the rules, regulations and laws of the host country and we are therefore expected to comply accordingly to avoid any legal problems and implications in the future.


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