Monday, June 08, 2015

Ethiopia seeks to protect migrant workers from abuse in Middle East

(Jun 08, 2015, (The East African))--Ethiopia is seeking to safeguard its migrant workers from abuses in the Middle East through a new law, a government official has said.

The legislation hopes to protect Ethiopian migrants who suffer from mental and physical violations in the Middle East, the director of communication at the Labour and Social Affairs ministry Mr Girma Sheleme said.

He said Addis Ababa will benchmark experiences of major skilled labour exporters in the world such as the Philippines, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

“Ethiopians who travel to the Middle East used to take a half day pre-departure orientation. After the new law, which is expected to be passed by Parliament in the coming weeks, all Ethiopians travelling to the Middle East will be required to take months of free training by the government, mainly on housekeeping and caregiving,” Mr Sheleme said.

The Addis government has since last year banned it citizens from travelling to the Middle East in search of jobs as domestic workers and unskilled labourers. The ban was aimed and protecting Ethiopians from persistent abuses. Read more from The East African»  

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