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Qatar's migrant workers bear brunt of Arab blockade

Posted by jaypee 63 days ago Qatar
https://www.rt.com —

The Arab embargo has had an adverse impact on Qatar's foreign workers, who are needed to get the country ready for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Doha.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) blocked Qatar's border and imposed an embargo after accusing the country of supporting terrorism. As a result, Qatar has been forced to spend more on chartering ships and Read More


Foreign worker levy hikes in 2019

Posted by jaypee 63 days ago Malaysia
http://www.thesundaily.my —

KUALA LUMPUR: Progressive levy hikes based on the number of foreign workers hired will be implemented from 2019, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said this will allow more employment of locals and systematically reduce the hiring of foreign workers.

"To encourage the hiring of local workers and control the number of foreign worker Read More


Poor response to rehiring plan - Nation

Posted by jaypee 64 days ago Malaysia
http://www.thestar.com.my —

KOTA KINABALU: The six-month Rehiring Sabah 2017 programme for employers to register their illegal workers has seen a poor response, with Immigration expecting to begin a statewide crackdown when the deadline ends today.


Sabah Immigration Department director Musa Sulaiman said only 1,088 of the estimated 50,000 illegal Indonesian and Filipino workers registered sin Read More


Sabah to start illegal worker crackdown tomorrow

Posted by jaypee 65 days ago Malaysia
http://www.thestar.com.my —

KOTA KINABALU: The six-month "Rehiring Sabah 2017" programme for employers to register their illegal workers has been poorly received.


After the deadline to register ends on Tuesday, the Immigration Department is expected to begin state-wide crackdown on illegal workers.

State Immigration director Musa Sulaiman (pix) said that only 1,088 of the estima Read More


Thousands of foreign workers in Oman not paid for months

Posted by jaypee 67 days ago Oman
https://www.thenational.ae —

About 2,000 migrant workers in Oman, mostly employed in the construction industry, have not been paid for up to four months as low oil prices force the government to shelve some major projects this year. 

With fewer contracts being awarded, private companies are unable to pay their workers, most of them from the Indian subcontinent, in the current economic slowdown.

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Migrant registration weeds out 1,200 under-age workers

Posted by jaypee 68 days ago Thailand
http://www.bangkokpost.com —

More than 1,200 of over 60,000 undocumented migrant workers have failed to pass an inspection of their working conditions, a prerequisite to giving them legal working status in Thailand, the Labour Ministry said Thursday.

The inspection, which also verifies they are employed as claimed, is the first step in the process of granting proper visas to several tho Read More


Thailand’s new migrant worker policy is a step onto uncertain ground

Posted by jaypee 69 days ago Thailand
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Since 2014, Thailand’s coup-led government has prioritised eliminating human trafficking, especially among migrant workers. This renewed attention has been in direct response to a storm of international criticism aimed at the poor working conditions suffered by migrant workers. So far, the government has responded with hasty action and a number of legislative changes.

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LIST: Qatar waives visas for 80 nationalities amid Gulf boycott

Posted by jaypee 70 days ago Qatar
http://news.abs-cbn.com —

DOHA - Qatar announced on Wednesday a program to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbors.

Nationals from dozens of countries in Europe and elsewhere including India, Lebanon, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States only need present a valid passport to ent Read More