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Grace period extended for illegal workers to rectify status

By Dana Al Emam - Apr 19,2017 - Last updated at Apr 19,2017

Labour Minister Ali Ghezawi noted that 11,488 guest workers came to work in the Kingdom this year, compared to 22,505 workers during the same period in 2016, citing a 50-per cent drop in the number of new guest workers (Photo by Amjad Ghsoun)

AMMAN — The government’s recent decision to extend the grace period granted to guest workers to rectify their status seeks to give the Labour Ministry more time to complete administrative procedures, an official said on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, the Cabinet announced the extension of the grace period granted to guest workers to rectify their legal status from the initial date of April 15 to May 15, without fee exemptions. 

Farouq Hadidi, spokesperson of the Labour Ministry, told The Jordan Times that the initial grace period, that started on February 15 and lasted for two months, offered violators fee exemptions to document their legal status. 

The ministry described the extension of the grace period as a chance to continue working on official procedures, such as allowing the movement of guest workers from one sector to another.

Hadidi cited the movement of a “large” number of guest workers from the agricultural sector to other sectors as a proof that large numbers of violations existed in the past. 

Labour Minister Ali Ghezawi said around 146,000 work permits had been issued to guest workers during the first quarter of this year, registering a 60.4-per cent increase compared to the same period last year.

He noted that 11,488 guest workers came to work in the Kingdom this year, compared to 22,505 workers during the same period in 2016, citing a 50-per cent drop in the number of new guest workers, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

The ministry has recently started an intensified inspection campaign to check on the validity of foreign workers’ permits, with illegal workers facing “immediate deportation”, a Labour Ministry spokesperson said on Saturday .

 

The campaign will target all facilities and institutions employing foreign workers, in addition to shops and places where workers usually gather to seek daily work.

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RECTIFYING THE WORKERS STATUS IS ONE THING BUT WHO WILL DO THE JOB IF THE EGYPTIAN THAT DOES IT WERE TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY?. WE KNOW THAT IT WILL NOT BE JORDANIANS SO WHO OR DO WE STOP BUILDING HOUSES AND/OR OTHER STRUCTURES?. I AM NOT BY ANY MEAN SAYING THAT WE SHOULD NOT KNOW WHO IS IN THE COUNTRY AND WHERE BUT WE DO NOT HAVE TO DO IT IN THE TRUMPISH FASHION. I HAVE NOT SEEN ANY PERSON OR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY IN JORDAN HYPERVENTILATING ABOUT DOMESTIC SLAVE HELPERS. I AM USING THE WORD SLAVE BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING TREATED SO. CAN THE COUNTRY AFFORD THIS INDUSTRY CREATED OUT OF LAZZINESS THAT GIVE RISE TO MOST CHRONIC DISEASES? THE ANSWER IS NO. CAN THE COUNTRY SUSTAIN THEIR FOREIGN EXCHANGE RESEARVES IF WE CONTINUE TO IMPORT WHAT EVER YOU CALL IT TO SERVE AND MAKE US ALL LAZY?. THE ANSWER AGAIN IS NO SO WHAT IS THE DOING MUCH TO DO ABOUT NOTHING GOING TO DO?. THE AUTOMATUM BEING GIVEN BY THE MINISTRY NEEDS A SECOND THOUGHT TO FIND A BETTER WAY OF REGULATING THIS MONKEY BUSINESS.

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