Parliamentary bloc argues for ban on older expats as country attempts to combat effect of low oil price
A group of Bahraini MPs has tabled a plan to ban all expats over the age of 50 from working in the country on the basis that they are less efficient than their younger colleagues.
Gulf Daily News reported that the proposal was submitted to parliament on Sunday by the National Partnership Parliamentary Bloc, as an amendment to a 2006 labour market law.
“When expatriates reach the age of 50 they are unable to do their work as intended in the best way possible, which affects the quality and efficiency of work,” the proposal stated.
While there is no age limit for expats to stop working in Bahrain, the official retirement age for both locals and expats is 60. Expats can continue working beyond that age if they pass a medical.
Bahrain has been considering several new measures for its expatriate population as the country struggles with the effect of the low oil price.
In December, a member of parliament suggested new taxes for expats that he argued could bring in as much as $1 billion annually.