SBP warns of forced repatriation of overseas Pakistani workers

By Shahid Iqbal Published in DAWN on November 21, 2020 KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has warned over possible forced repatriation of overseas workers that could create grave problems for the economy urging the government to evolve a comprehensive strategy to deal with the situation. “While the short-to-medium-term focus seems appropriate given the abruptness of […]



October remittances grow 14pc, rising for fifth straight month

By Fayaz Hussain Published in DAWN on November 12, 2020 Remittances during the month of October rose 14.1 per cent year-on-year to $2.3 billion, clocking in above the $2bn mark for the fifth consecutive month, data released by the State Bank of Pakistan showed on Thursday. “Workers’ remittances remained above $2 billion for the fifth consecutive month[…]

Reforming ‘kafala’

Published in DAWN on November 06, 2020 COUNTLESS Pakistanis who have worked in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states are familiar with the kafala system. This system of ‘sponsorship’ severely restricts the freedoms foreign workers have in the kingdom, basically with the kafeel or sponsor having the final say in when and if the worker can leave[…]