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Over 100,000 illegal expats leave Bahrain in 6 months

The majority of those who availed of the amnesty were from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan

Over 100,000 illegal expats leave Bahrain in 6 months
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Over 10,000 illegal expat workers have availed of an amnesty and left Bahrain over the last six months.

The government amnesty, which came to an end on December 31 last, allowed illegal workers to leave the country without facing penalties for residency offences.

The amnesty also saw over 30,000 regularise their affairs by acquiring legitimate work, according to a report in Gulf Daily News.

According to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) chief executive Ausamah Al Absi, the majority of those who availed of the amnesty were from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

“The total of those benefiting from the amnesty reached 42,019, which is an unprecedented achievement in comparison to campaigns the LMRA has organised during the past years,” said Al Absi.

“This step will reflect positively on the performance of the economy of Bahrain, as it will ensure fair competition between businessmen, product quality and the safety of society.”

Launched in July, the government launched a nationwide awareness campaign, with over 100,000 leaflets in 15 different languages distributed to workers. As many as 60,000 workers were believed to have either left their previous employer or overstayed their visas.

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