Bahrain Employment and Career News
Illegal workers in Bahrain drops considerably
The number of illegal workers in Bahrain has dropped to 34,000 in number, owing to various measures taken by the authority to combat this phenomenon.
The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) Executive Director, Al Radhi, revealed that the number of illegal workers in Bahrain has fallen by 14,000 owing to the comprehensive national campaign launched earlier in the year following directives by Crown Prince and Chairman of the Economic Development Board, Prince Salman bin HAmad Al Khalifa.
He said that the current data indicate an even better success rate, towards the end of the year.
The LMRA has been conducting several inspection campaigns, with the help of various other authorities, to catch any illegal workers. Apart from this, the Easy Exit Scheme introduced by the LMRA has received good response and strong support from several government institutions, foreign embassies and civil society institutions.
According to Radhi, about 7000 illegal workers have already left Bahrain voluntarily under the scheme. The measures have been designed to target expatriates who live in Bahrain using an expired work or visit visa and free visa workers, who do not actually work for the sponsor listed on their work permit.
The Easy Exit Scheme permits expatriates holding expired visas to return to their homes, without having to pay the accumulated fees normally levied on those over-staying their visa.
Posted on 20/8/2010
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