Bahrain parliament to debate policy on illegal expats

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A number of Bahraini lawmakers have requested a parliamentary debate on the government policy on illegal migrant workers in the country amid repercussions spawned by the global coronavirus.

The Council of Representatives, or the lower house of the parliament, will soon vote on the lawmakers’ requests.

Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority has recently intensified a crackdown on illegal workers estimated at between 50,000 to 55,000 in the country.

Last month, a Bahraini parliamentary committee approved a draft bill obliging employers to give job preferences to citizens as the kingdom is seeking to replace expatriates in work.

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The draft commits employers to check records of Bahraini job-seekers and hire qualified citizens. Failure to comply with the regulations will be punishable by a fine ranging from BD5,000 to 20,000.

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