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New passport rule stigmatizes, burdens migrant workers: NGO

Posted by jaypee 38 days ago Indonesia
http://www.thejakartapost.com —

Migrant Care executive director Wahyu Susilo said a new regulation that requires aspiring Indonesian migrant workers to have Rp 25 million on a bank account when applying for a passport was a policy based on prejudice and suspicion.


On Friday, Directorate General of Immigration spokesperson Agung Sampurno said the Immigration Office had issued a circular on March 6 that Read More

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UAE champions rights of domestic workers

Posted by jaypee 39 days ago United Arab Emirates
http://gulfnews.com —

The UAE is taking a very significant step forward over the protection of rights for people in domestic employment. Domestic workers have unique working conditions that place them at a serious disadvantage should their employer choose to abuse their rights. They work in close proximity to the employing family with little outside contact, and they do not have standard working terms since ea

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UAE seeks to boost rights of domestic workers

Posted by jaypee 39 days ago United Arab Emirates
http://gulfnews.com —

Abu Dhabi: A weekly day off, 30 days of annual paid leave, the right to retain personal documents including passport, ID card and work permit, besides daily rest of at least 12 hours — including at least eight consecutive hours — are among rights that the UAE plans to assure domestic workers.


In a bid to ensure decent working and living conditions for domestic workers, Read More

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Nepal govt to run mobile camp abroad for migrant workers

Posted by jaypee 42 days ago Nepal
https://thehimalayantimes.com —

KATHMANDU: The government is set to run a mobile camp in gulf countries and Malaysia to resolve problems of migrant workers as RSS reported.


The camp would provide services of passport renewal, renewal of the contract of labour permit and insurance.

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Construction firm charged for housing 60 foreign workers in rat-infested dormitories

Posted by jaypee 42 days ago Singapore
http://www.straitstimes.com —

SINGAPORE - Kay Lim Construction & Trading was prosecuted in the State Courts on Tuesday (March 14) for housing 60 foreign workers in "unacceptable" accommodation with "unhygienic living conditions", said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a statement on Wednesday.


The firm also did not update the ministry, via an online system, on the foreign workers' housing addresses.


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Mob arrested over maids' money misery

Posted by jaypee 42 days ago Hong Kong SAR
http://www.atimes.com — Hong Kong police believe a money lending syndicate offered loans to 1,200 Filipino domestic helpers and seized the borrowers’ passports and employment contracts as collateral

Two Hong Kong residents and eight Filipino domestic workers were arrested on loan sharking charges in a police operation on Sunday and Read More

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Migrant workers in fishery required to register in time

Posted by jaypee 45 days ago Thailand
http://www.pattayamail.com —

BANGKOK,(NNT) – All migrant workers in fishing industry are required to register by the deadline within this month otherwise lawsuits will be filed against them.

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Lack of coordination pushes migrant workers towards uncertainty

Posted by jaypee 46 days ago Bangladesh
http://www.dhakatribune.com — Blame game and lack of coordination between the ministries concerned and recruitment agencies have increasingly been pushing migrant workers towards risk and uncertainty. 


The scenario revealed itself during a conference styled “Safe Migration and Pr Read More