United Arab Emirates to take action against nations that reject the repatriation of migrant workers: report

RIAD/DUBAI: UAE plans to impose strict restrictions on countries reluctant to retake their nationals working in the Gulf country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and to restructure their cooperation and labor relations with them, according to a media report by state communication. on Sunday.

The almost 33 lakh Indian expat community is the largest ethnic community in the UAE and constitutes approximately 30% of the country's population. Among the Indian states, Kerala is the most represented, followed by Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

Options being considered by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization include imposing strict future restrictions on the recruitment of workers from these countries and activating the quota system in recruiting operations, state news agency WAM reported, citing an official. The options also include suspending signed memoranda of understanding between the ministry and interested authorities in these countries, he said. Citing the unidentified official, he said these options are being considered after many countries failed to respond to requests from their nationals to return home after the outbreak.

The official said that all foreign worker countries in the UAE should be held accountable for their citizens who wish to return to their countries as part of an initiative recently launched by the ministry. Earlier this month, the ministry launched an initiative to allow residents who work in the UAE and want to return to their countries to do so during the period of precautionary measures taken to contain the spread of the virus.

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