GCC states plan to share info on deported workers

Plans being drawn up to create region-wide database to stop convicted workers from re-entering states, says report

NEWS, Business

GCC member states are planning to create a joint database to prevent workers convicted on criminal charges in one state returning to another.

Saudi Arabia's Arab News quoted an unnamed source stating that the plan was first discussed by labour ministers at a meeting in October, but that the project is still "subject to clearance" from labour and interior ministries.

The database would include details of any expat who is convicted of breaking civil or criminal laws, and those who had been deported.

However, one manpower consultant interviewed by the newspaper, Hashim Kareem, said that implementing such a project could be difficult as many expats who do get deported often acquire false documents to return.

Migrants make up around 70% of the GCC's total workforce.


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