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State to cover deportation cost for unregistered expatriates

Mariyam Malsa
22 March 2020, MVT 15:09
Expatriates wait for a chance at registration at the National Football Stadium, Galolhu Dhandu, capital city Male'. PHOTO: NISHAN ALI / MIHAARU
Mariyam Malsa
22 March 2020, MVT 15:09

The Ministry of Economics, on Saturday, stated that the government had decided to cover the expense of sending unregistered expatriates to their countries of origin.

The ministry revealed that they would acquire travel documents for the expatriates by contacting the embassies of their respective home countries.

Unregistered expatriates are requested to send their passport numbers or identification numbers to 7205648.

In February, Minister of Economics Fayyaz Ismail disclosed that a total of 32,000 previously undocumented expatriates were registered after the state launched extensive efforts to curb the issue in 2019.

The incumbent government initiated several measures including opening the opportunity for undocumented migrants to re-register themselves within a six month period and implementing a one-year ban on contracting Bangladeshi labourers in effect from September 18, 2019 onward.

Amid ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Male' City Council commenced assessing the residences and living conditions of expatriates in the capital city of Male'.

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