Work: May 25 is the last date for correcting the position of foreign workers
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Baghdad: Batool Al-Hasani
The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs has counted 7,700 foreign workers who have officially corrected their position during the past two months, and has set the 25th of this month as the last date for this process.
The director of the labor and vocational training department in the ministry, Raed Jabbar Bahez, told Al-Sabah that the cabinet had previously agreed to formally correct the position of foreign workers coming to the country, whose residence period exceeded the legal limit, in addition to their practice of working officially.
He added that the total number of applicants to correct the situation amounted to 7,747 workers of various nationalities, including 6,350 workers in the private sector, as well as 1,397 from groups working in the field of housekeeping and aids.
Bahedh pointed out that the ministry set the 25th of this month as the last date to correct the status of foreign workers, indicating that this initiative came to reduce the problem of increasing their numbers and entering the country illegally by not obtaining work permits, which requires adapting their legal status with an emphasis on employing a worker. Local unemployed or retired for each foreign worker.
He stressed that legal measures will be taken against violators after the expiration of the prescribed period, noting that the ministry's priorities focus on employing national labor and providing opportunities for all young job seekers in economic and investment projects.
Bahez stated that there are thousands of foreign workers of Asian, Syrian and Lebanese nationalities who entered the country illegally, and work in many governorates while they are not licensed by the Ministry of Labor, and this matter negatively affects job opportunities for national workers, especially in investment projects.
Edited by: Ali Mouafaq
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