AGENCIES, Dubai: United Arab Emirates, one of the preferred countries for expatriates to work in from all over the world is planning to impose stricter restrictions on countries reluctant to take back their nationals during the current virus related crisis.
This aspect was hinted by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) that it is studying measures to take with regards to current labour relations with partner countries.
The UAE government isn’t happy with the way some countries have responded to the request to cooperate and evacuate their citizens working in private sector who wish to return home.
MoHRE is looking into ways to revise its current partnerships policies related to labour relations with nations, particularly with those refusing to cooperate with them. If need be,
options currently that are being studied include the halting of any memoranda of understanding between the ministry and the concerned authorities of non-cooperative countries, as well as the introduction of restrictions or quotas for future recruitment.
A government source stressed the urgency of partner countries to accept their responsibilities towards their citizens working in the UAE who wish to return to their home countries.
The official noted the recent humanitarian initiative launched by the ministry in cooperation with the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the General Civil Aviation Authority, and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority to enable residents working in the private sector to return to their home countries as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Several countries in the Middle East have announced amnesty schemes for expatriate workers who have overstayed to leave their countries within the stipulated deadlines without any penalties.
The United Arab Emirates reported 376 new cases, raising the total number of infected cases in the country to 3,736, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday.