Ethiopian domestic workers banned from travelling to UAE

The UAE and Ethiopian governments are reportedly working on an MoU to protect the rights of domestic workers
Ethiopian domestic workers banned from travelling to UAE
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Thu 13 Dec 2018 02:35 PM

The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has banned Ethiopian nationals from travelling to the UAE to work as domestic workers, according to local media reports.

In a notification sent to recruitment agencies, the ministry said that the ban – which came into effect on December 11 – will continue “until further notice.”

The Ethiopian government, for its part, has also stopped sending women to be domestic workers across the GCC, including to the UAE, an anonymous consulate source told Gulf News.

The official added that the UAE and Ethiopia are currently negotiating an MoU to protect the rights of Ethiopian domestic workers in the country.

“Recently, we have experienced in some cases that our workers faced problems of non-payment wages and being denied health insurance,” the official said. “The temporary ban on recruitment of Ethiopian domestic workers is the first step to weeding out unscrupulous agencies and abusive sponsors.”

As many as 400 Ethiopians enter the UAE each day, the official added.

“When they reach the country, most of them land in trouble, as they do not know they are to work as housemaids,” he said.

Both governments are also working to end illegal recruitment practices and human trafficking.

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