Oman’s Manpower Ministry has reportedly arrested 2,320 illegal expatriate workers following an intense crackdown against the illegal expatriate workers in the country.
Director-General for Labour Welfare, Salem Bin Saeed Al Badi said that the ministry has tightened its noose around the illegal workforce in the country to create a business environment that could be attractive for the national workforce.
According to Gulf News, Al Badi revealed that the ministry has formed teams to raid possible hideouts and working places for identifying possible illegal workers. He said that in the past 51 days since September 1, they have arrested 2,320 expatriate workers for violating the country’s residency and labour laws. The DG revealed that most of the arrested workers were held in Muscat (1,008) followed by Batinah province (609).
Al Badi said that most of the illegal expatriates caught were either roadside vendors or cleaners of vehicles at public places like malls and streets, who have either absconded or were allowed to work on their own. He further said that those caught working illegally will be deported with no-entry stamp while those who employ illegal expatriate workers face a one-year ban on hiring foreign workers, the report added.