Over 10,000 foreign workers benefited from amnesty

Suad Hamada/Bahrain Beat
Filed on August 30, 2015
Over 10,000 foreign workers benefited from amnesty
More than 10000 foreign workers benefited from Bahrain's amnesty.

80 per cent of 10,000 have legally joined a new employer, while 20 per cent preferred to return to their home countries.

More than 10,000 foreign workers have corrected their legal status since the launch of the grace time for undocumented migrant workers "amnesty period" which was launched last July, and will continue until the end of the 2015.

The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) chief executive, Ausamah Al Abs, said: More workers have availed the grace period as compared to the previous two years (2007 and 2009), praising the cooperation of all parties to ensure the success of this campaign.

He said that 80 per cent of 10,000 have legally joined a new employer, while 20 per cent preferred to return to their home countries, with the possibility of returning to Bahrain when they've secured new employment. "During the amnesty period a worker can either leave the country without paying fines or has the option to find an employer ready to hire him so he can stay in the country," he said.

"It's time that we clean up the labour market, and let me make it clear, all bets are off after the amnesty as the law will be applied with full force against illegal workers." "There will be no blacklisting for all those who voluntarily depart, which means the possibility of returning at any time regardless of their legal status," Al Absi added.

Bahrain ministry announces academic calendar for 2015-2016

The Ministry of Education (MoE) has published the academic calendar for the new academic year 2015-2016.

According to the calendar, the schools' administrative and educational staff will resume duties on September 1, while students will join schools on the sixth of the same month.

The guide provides the dates of exams, registration and school holidays. It also includes the most prominent events dates, and procedures related to the educational process in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

It includes statistics pertaining to the new school year, showing that the number of school days is 196 days, including 92 in the first semester and 104 in the second semester.

Youth City 2030 ends on a bright note

The curtain came down on the Youth City 2030 at a ceremony held under the patronage of His Majesty the King's Representative for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sport and President of Bahrain Olympic Committee Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

The celebration which was co-organised by the General Organisation for Youth and Sport (GOYS) and the strategic partner Tamkeen, was attended by ministers, members of the Shura and Representatives Councils and invitees.

Shaikh Nasser praised the Youth City 2030 as one of the pioneering programmes aimed at training Bahraini youngsters and equipping them with experiences which will help them in a big way when they enter the labour market.

Shaikh Nasser also toured the city exhibition.

Youth and Sport Affairs Minister Hesham bin Mohammed Al Jowder thanked Shaikh Nasser for patronising the event.

which asserts his keenness to support programmes aimed at training Bahraini youngsters.

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