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Oman's illegal expat workers given two-month amnesty

Undocumented workers can leave between May 3 and July 30 without facing penalty

Oman's illegal expat workers given two-month amnesty

Undocumented expat workers in Oman will be given an amnesty to leave the country without paying fines for violating resident status rules in the Sultanate.

The Times of Oman reports that the Ministry of Manpower posted a tweet on Twitter announcing that undocumented migrant workers will be given an amnesty between May 3 and July 30 to leave the country and avoid any legal action or having to pay fines.

The newspaper reports that at least 50,000 undocumented workers would be in a position to avail of the amnesty. The Bangladesh embassy in Muscat has said that as many as 40,000 of its citizens are undocumented in the country.

Oman’s previous amnesty, which lasted between the end of 2009 and the start of 2011, saw 60,000 workers return home.

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