Lao province issues work permits to foreign workers
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