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400 stranded workers in Sohar return to India

Posted by jaypee 15 days ago Oman
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Muscat: Around 400 stranded workers, who claimed they were not paid salaries for months, have arrived home in India.

Workers, who said they had been struggling for food and accommodation for weeks, are now united with their families with help from the Ministry of Manpower and the Indian Embassy in Muscat.

Indra Mani Pandey, India’s ambassador to

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Buying and selling maids online

Posted by jaypee 16 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Migrant labour in Gulf countries has long been a subject of controversy, and the system that regulates it has now spawned a black market for domestic servants who are bought and sold online.


BBC Trending has discovered that dozens of private Facebook groups are being used to circumvent local laws and regulations. Messages like these appeared rece Read More

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Qatar enacts new employment law that better protects OFWs

Posted by jaypee 21 days ago Qatar
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Qatar has enacted a new employment law that would provide better protection to the more than 50,000 Filipino household service workers in the Gulf state.


According to Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs Sarah Lou Arriola, the coverage of Qatar’s new “Domestic Employment Law” has been expanded to now also cover household service workers and Read More

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24.3 million Saudi work permits issued for private sector employment in 3 years

Posted by jaypee 22 days ago Saudi Arabia
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RIYADH: The number of work permits issued to private sector employees in Saudi Arabia reached about 24.3 million in the last three years.
Professional services and engineering accounted for about 45 percent of the issued licenses.
According to statistics issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, 2016 witnessed a decline in the number of licenses issued by 3 percent

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Expat Remittances Drop 8 Percent as Saudi Arabia Enforces Expat Fee

Posted by jaypee 23 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Foreign remittances of expatriate workers in the Kingdom declined eight percent or SR7.45 billion during the last seven months to reach SR82.3 billion by the end of July 2017 against SR89.75 billion during the same period last year, press reports said.


An analytical economic report published by Al-Eqtisadiah business daily on S Read More

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Saudi Shoura proposal could see residency given to illegal foreign workers

Posted by jaypee 23 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council will soon discuss a draft law that would allow illegal foreign workers to obtain a residency permit if they fulfil certain conditions.


The proposal by former Shoura member Dr Sadaqa Fadil will be discussed after the Eid Al Adha holiday, according to Saudi Gazette.


It includes the formation of a committee at the Ministry of Interior Read More

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Foreign workers occupy more than 10 million jobs in Saudi Arabia

Posted by jaypee 31 days ago Saudi Arabia
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Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia compose a large portion of the workforce as according to well-informed sources Indians, Pakistanis, Egyptians, Yemenis and Bengalis occupy more than 10 million jobs there.


There are 3 million Indians, 2.5 million Pakistanis, 2.2 million Egyptians, 1.4 million Yemenis and 1.2 Bengalis in the Saudi kingdom, i.e. 10.3 million i Read More

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Qatar's migrant workers bear brunt of Arab blockade

Posted by jaypee 34 days ago Qatar
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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