BEIRUT — Lebanon's Labor Ministry has launched an online platform for jobs open to Lebanese citizens in Qatar ahead of the World Cup finals in the Qatari capital Doha, Labor Minister Mostafa Bayram announced Monday.
In a press conference, Bayram said that he had met with his Qatari counterpart 10 days ago as Doha communicated an "urgency to employ a high number of Lebanese." The two sides had reportedly agreed to use an existing jobs platform for the Lebanese Labor Ministry, adding a Qatari jobs section.
"No one should call this immigration; this is coordination between two brotherly countries," Bayram said at Monday's press conference. "We don't want people to immigrate, but rather to get employed in their own country. Yet this is a chance for Lebanese people to get [work] experience and financial income," Bayram said, adding that "we as Lebanese are responsible to make the World Cup in Qatar succeed."
Bayram explained that he had agreed with General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim to facilitate issuing passports for those involved who obtain jobs via the online platform, including in the health, education, hospitality and other sectors. He also explained that the Lebanese Labor Ministry is not the party employing those employees but only a facilitator. "However, we will contact the Qatari Labor Ministry for any violation of the contract rights of the Lebanese," he said.
The World Cup will take place in Qatar from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18, 2022.
Thousands of Lebanese people have already immigrated to Qatar due to an unprecedented economic crisis that began taking shape in 2019. According to the International Labor Organization, unemployment in Lebanon stood at 29.6 percent as of January 2022.