Bahrain has extended its amnesty deadline for illegal workers to January 31, 2008. The purpose of the extending the deadline is enable illegal workers to stay in Bahrain or leave the country without having to pay high penalties for violating their contracts. The amnesty was issued as a response to the reported abuses of migrant workers.
The government stated that the amnesty has been successful and that 80% of the illegal workers have benefited from the amnesty. Around 12,000 workers have already left the country and 22,000 workers legalized their stay. However, the government is committed to helping the remaining 20% of illegal workers through amnesty and has promised to launch an “inspection campaign next week to ensure that no one is working in Bahrain illegally.”
For more information, please see:
Gulf Daily News- New deadline for amnesty seekers- 31 December 2007