Lao prov­ince is­sues work per­mits to for­eign work­ers

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The Ou­domxay provin­cial au­thor­i­ties in Laos are reg­is­ter­ing for­eign­ers and is­su­ing them with tem­po­rary work per­mits in a bid to reg­u­late the in­creas­ing num­ber of un­doc­u­mented mi­grant work­ers in the prov­ince.

At present, there are more than 2,500 for­eign work­ers in Ou­domxay, in­clud­ing il­le­gal work­ers who en­tered as tourists but have sub­se­quently found work and stayed on with­out le­gal doc­u­men­ta­tion.

Au­thor­i­ties ex­pect to reg­is­ter at least 2,500 for­eign­ers this year, an of­fi­cial with the provin­cial Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Depart­ment’s labour man­age­ment division, Vi­lath In­thavong, said.

Speak­ing to Vi­en­tianeTimes by phone, Vi­lath said the division will work closely with provin­cial po­lice and other au­thor­i­ties to reg­is­ter about 2,500 mi­grant work­ers this year. This num­ber is higher than last year’s fig­ure of 1,000 be­cause more for­eign na­tion­als are work­ing on con­struc­tion of the Laos-China rail­way.

“The au­thor­i­ties will al­low mi­grant work­ers to work in Ou­domxay for three months after they ob­tain le­gal doc­u­men­ta­tion. Each worker must pay 300,000 kip a month for the du­ra­tion of a work per­mit,” he said.

“Un­der the law, some of these work­ers should be repa­tri­ated as their cir­cum­stances don’t meet the cri­te­ria re­quired to ap­ply for a work per­mit.”

Vi­lath said the division had pre­vi­ously worked with the au­thor­i­ties to reg­is­ter mi­grant work­ers to en­sure so­cial or­der and pro­tect work­ers’ rights in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the Asean Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity com­ing into ef­fect. – The Vientiane Times

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