In Seven Years, more than 23,000 For­eign Work­ers Have Come to Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Ni­war Mah­mood

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.

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