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Tue 5 Jun 2007 01:06 AM

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Employers face penalties for illegal workforce

Employers who shelter illegal workers face two months in jail and a fine.

Employers who shelter illegal workers will face up to two months in jail and a Dh100,000 fine, a minister told Gulf News yesterday.

Dr Ali Abdullah Al Ka’abi, minister of labour said “The penalty for those who employ or provide shelter to illegal workers will be one month in jail and Dh50,000 for each worker, while the penalty will be doubled for those who employ or provide shelter to illegal immigrants.”

The UAE Cabinet announced on Sunday a three-month amnesty to illegal expatriate workers and their employers to either adjust their status or leave the country without penalty. Similar moves were recently taken by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain also plans an amnesty from August.

According to the ministry of labour, an estimated 300,000 illegal workers are currently living in the UAE. Gulf News reports that illegal Asian workers have thronged diplomatic missions of their respective countries seeking repatriation.