Campaign to curb illegal employment launched

DUBAI - The Dubai Police yesterday launched a campaign “Recruitment of Illegal Workers: A Danger to National Interest and Home Security,” with the aim of curbing employment of illegal workers in the emirate.


Amira Agarib

Published: Mon 17 Mar 2008, 8:28 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:46 PM

Briefing the Press yesterday, Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazina, Director of General Department of Criminal Investigation, Dubai Police, said, the campaign organised by the General Department of Criminal Investigation in coordination with the Department of Security Awareness aims at containing the growing phenomenon of recruiting illegal workers which currently poses security threats to the country as well as encourages crime, corruption and unemployment.

Maj-Gen. Al Mazina cautioned employers that those who recruit or harbour illegal entrants will be sentenced to a minimum of two months’ imprisonment as well as a fine of Dh100,000. Those who employ workers with legal resident permits, but not on their sponsorship, will be fined Dh50,000 .

Maj-Gen. Al Mazina stated, “We seek a concerted contribution from all sections of the society to curb this phenomenon. A number of institutions will participate in the campaign, including the Dubai Department of Auqaf which will highlight the issue during the Friday prayers, Khutba. Besides, Dewa will put the campaign theme on electricity bills, the Operations Room of the Dubai Police will send SMS to people, distribute brochures in shopping malls and petrol stations and place campaign themes on some police cars.

The Ministry of Labour and Department of Naturalisation and Residency will also participate in the campaign, in addition to Union Cooperatives and the media, he said.

Maj-Gen Al Mazina disclosed that in the year 2006, 18 absconding housemaids were involved in various crimes, and 16 were involved in crimes in 2007, he said.

In 2007, a gardener stole Dh1.5 million from the employer’s home. The employer had no details of the gardener as he was an illegal employee. By the time the police could gather details of the gardener, he had fled the country with the cash, he stated.

Maj-Gen. Al Mazina noted that several families were employing part-time workers, including housemaids, and this was illegal.

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