Bahrain: Unemployment benefits and how they work

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Bahraini authorities have clarified that while expat workers are not entitled to unemployment benefits, they have the right to obtain compensation for arbitrary dismal from work.

“This compensation is equivalent to 60 per cent of the basic salary if the dismissal from work is arbitrary and has no legal grounds,” the Ministry of Labour and Social Development said in a statement.

The Bahraini Labour Market Regulatory Market has given the expatriate worker, laid off arbitrarily, to apply for the compensation within a 30-day deadline.

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“By virtue of the anti-employment insurance law, the unemployment benefit is offered to Bahrainis only at the rate of 200 dinars per month for the university graduate and 150 dinars for the holder of the non-university degree for maximum nine months. This benefit is not offered to foreigners,” the Ministry of Labour and Social Development said.

However, all workers have the right to obtain compensation for arbitrary dismal from work, whether nationals or expats.

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