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Six-month jail sentence, SR50,000 fine for unauthorized foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 17 days ago Saudi Arabia
http://www.arabnews.com —

RIYADH: Unauthorized foreign workers, or those working on their account, will face severe penalties reaching up to six months in jail, a SR50,000 ($13,331) fine and deportation, local media said, quoting the General Directorate of Passports.
Penalties of work violators will come in a gradual step where expats working independently will be fined SR10,000 and deported if the violation

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Migrant worker registrations short of target

Posted by jaypee 18 days ago Thailand
http://www.bangkokpost.com —


Fewer than 200,000 migrant workers were registered in the first week of a new government programme, far short of the target of 600,000 to 800,000 that authorities had set.

The Labour Ministry said that 58,066 employers had sought registration for 190,926 workers since Monday at centres set up across the country.

The registration drive w Read More


Group urges help for foreign workers fleeing bad work - Taipei Times

Posted by jaypee 18 days ago Taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com —

Employment Service Act (就業服務法) regulations should be revised to allow greater flexibility for foreign workers who flee illegal labor conditions, labor rights advocates said yesterday during a protest outside the Ministry of Labor in Taipei.

“For the responsible agency to ignore a worker’s rights just because a new administrative rule has not passed amounts to truly for Read More


Japan treats 1 million foreign workers as ‘non-existent’

Posted by jaypee 20 days ago Japan
http://www.asahi.com —

Foreign workers in Japan are increasingly being seen as a valuable resource amid Japan’s declining birthrate and growing elderly population.

However, recent headlines in the media express concern about the influx of immigrants.

“Should we accept immigrants?” one publication asked.

Another worried that, “What will happen if foreigners become our Read More


More than 1.7 million foreign workers in Malaysia; majority from Indonesia

Posted by jaypee 20 days ago Malaysia
https://www.nst.com.my —

KUALA LUMPUR: There are currently 1,781,598 foreign workers in the country as of 30 June 2017, says the Home Ministry.

This was in response to Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) who had asked the ministry to provide a breakdown of foreign workers based on their countries of origin.

“The Rehiring Programme was implemented online from Feb 15 to Dec 31, 2017 for illegal immigrants f Read More


Zahid: 1.78 million foreign workers in Malaysia - Nation | The Star Online

Posted by jaypee 20 days ago Malaysia
http://www.thestar.com.my —

KUALA LUMPUR: There are 1.78 million legal foreign workers in the country, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic).


The Deputy Prime Minister said Indonesian workers accounted for the highest number of foreign workers in Malaysia at 728,870, followed by Nepal (405,898), Bangladeshi (221,089), Myanmar (127,705), India (114,455), Pakistan Read More


Saudi to ban foreign workers from grocery shop jobs

Posted by jaypee 22 days ago Saudi Arabia
http://gulfbusiness.com —

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development is reportedly moving ahead with plans to ban foreign workers from jobs in grocery and confectionary shops.

Arab newspaper Al-Madina cited informed sources as saying a draft decision was being prepared to 100 per cent Saudise jobs for all shops selling consumers goods.

The plans are expected to create 20 Read More


Ministry aims to legalise 2m migrant workers

Posted by jaypee 22 days ago Thailand
http://www.nationmultimedia.com — A TOTAL of 101 temporary centres began a 15-day project to register foreign migrant workers across Thailand yesterday.

“We believe that we will be able to legalise the status of 2 million migrant workers during the period,” Labour Minister Sirichai Dithakul said. 

Labour Ministry permanent secretary ML Puntrik Smiti said Saraburi, Chon Buri and Kam Read More