By Sarah Townsend
Latest figures reveal that there are an estimated 60,000 illegal workers in Gulf kingdom
The Bahrain government has launched a probe into the estimated 60,000 illegal workers in the Gulf state.
The latest figures from Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) reveal the size of the illegal workforce, reported the Gulf Daily News.
The figures suggest many workers have illegally bought employment permits to get into the country and then accepted whatever low-paid job they can find on arrival, for example as labourers, cleaners and housemaid, the newspaper said.
Bahrain officials were quoted as saying they want to stop the practice of Bahraini employers taking advantage of such cheap labour offered by these so-called “free visa” workers.
“We are seeking a comprehensive insight into all aspects of the issue to allow us to come up with real solutions,” said committee member Theyab Al Nuaimi.
“We have contacted the Labour, Interior, Industry and Commerce, and Works, Municipalities and Urban Planning Affairs ministries along with the LMRA to give us feedback on their duties.”
The government has been tasked with producing a report on the matter within four months, it was reported.