Amnesty International


Oman 2019

Sporadic protests driven by unemployment broke out on 1 January prompting the government to establish the National Center for Employment. The Center, which will become functional in January 2020, is meant to oversee implementation of the government’s policy of “Omanization” of the workforce, which began in 2018 and seeks to replace foreign workers with Omani nationals in order to tackle rising unemployment, and provide employment advice to job seekers. The Ministry of Manpower extended its visa ban on foreign recruitment to senior management roles.

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