Bahrain plans clamp on hiring expats

New restrictions will be imposed on the hiring of expatriate workers to create more jobs for Bahrainis, said a senior government official.

Labour Minister and chairman of Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) Jameel Humaidan said during the weekly parliament session that Bahrainisation was important to create a peaceful society, since jobs guaranteed personal security for local citizens. Continue reading

Hundreds of illegal expatriates arrested

Inspection raids aimed at reducing the number of expatriates working illegally in Bahrain have netted 1,416 people in the first six months of this year.Nearly 6,000 inspection raids were conducted by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) alone in the first half of 2010 which resulted in 329 employers being sanctioned for hiring expatriates without valid work visas. Continue reading

Clampdown on illegal workers to be stepped up

The National Committee for tackling the problem of illegal labour in the Kingdom yesterday held its third meeting at the premises of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority where officials discussed efforts by the Kingdom’s various authorities to clamp down on illegal workers through various raids and inspection campaigns.

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illegal workers still residing in Bahrain 43,000

Coordinated efforts by the authorities have resulted in a decrease in the number of illegal expatriate residents in the Kingdom, however the number of illegals still remains high with around 43,000 expats on expired visas still in the country. Continue reading