In Seven Years, more than 23,000 Foreign Workers Have Come to Kurdistan
Dr. Arif Hito, General Director for Labour and Social Assurance, told Hewler newspaper that within a period of seven years, more than 23,236 foreign workers consisting of housemaids and project workers have come to the Kurdistan Region and have been registered by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affiars. He stated that now the Ministry has set a law number 3 of 2013 according to the leglistaion decree 23 of 71st law of labour of 1987. The law clarifies the lawful procedures for recruiting foreign labor from other countries and the nature of their work here in Kurdistan.
Due to the rapid and substantial development the Kurdistan Region is undergoing in every field, together with the reliable security system, a lot of foreign workers have de- cided to stay here.
Furthermore, about the statistics of the foreign workers, Dr. Hito said that the number of workers from 2007 to the first three months of 2014 is as shown (in the graph). The total number is 8,328 housemaids and 14908 project workers. In total there are 23,236 foreign workers recorded by the General Directorate of Labour and Social Assurance.
The alien workers originate from a variety of countries like: Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, Georgia, India, Ghana, Cotivar and Cameroon. There are 102 companies which can bring the foreign workers to Kurdistan and 4 domestic companies to give them jobs. These companies are the only ones that have been approved and licensed by the government. In addition, there are many guidelines set for these firms. They have to respect these regulations for the benefit of the workers and their employers as well.
At the end of the interview, Dr. Arif, revealed that after a lot of discussions and consultations with experts and skilled people from the International Labour Organization(ILO), they were able to prepare a draft legislation and sent it to the Council of Minis- ters to be studied further and eventually made into law. The enacted law will hopefully work in favor of the foreign laborers, the employers and the labor market. "We want to protect the rights of the workers and the employers according to the international standards," concluded the General Director Dr. Hito.