President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Tuesday, finalised the decision to implement a policy to strengthen foreign labour regulations, thereby addressing the issue of illegally employed migrant workers.
The policy designates methods to reinforce regulations on issuing work permits and handling cases concerning the illegal employment of migrant workers.
Relevant authorities will be mandated to formulate and conduct regularisation programmes to verify that all migrant workers are employed within the set regulatory framework.
Furthermore, the policy necessitates the formulation of a ‘National Task-force on Issues Related to Migrant Workers’ which will consist of stakeholders from relevant government institutions. The body will be tasked with deliberating and overseeing efforts to address illegal employment of migrant workers, trafficking and other relevant problems.
In accordance with the cabinet's recommendations, the president also decided to revise the legal framework governing the employment of migrant workers as well as regulations on issuing quotas to individuals or companies to employ migrant workers.
The decision to implement the new policy was reached after consideration of a paper submitted by the Ministry of Economic Development during Tuesday's cabinet meeting.