14,000 illegal workers found in Jordan
Labour inspection teams found a total of 14,077 foreign nationals this year working in the Kingdom illegally, the Labour Ministry said on Saturday.
According to a ministry statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times, the violators were mainly Egyptians (7,296) and Syrians (5,229).
The inspection campaign, the statement said, is aimed at streamlining the labour sector and ensuring that all workers are abiding by the regulations governing the work and residency of guest workers in the Kingdom.
“So far, a total of 1,955 workers of different nationalities have been repatriated after failing to abide by the Labour Law. The inspectors carried out more than 7,535 field visits last month, issuing fines and warnings to thousands of violating institutions,” the ministry said.
A total of 132 domestic helpers — including 86 Filipinos, 18 Sri Lankans and 17 Indonesians — were also found working illegally in other sectors.
According to ministry estimates, nearly 1.5 million foreign workers are currently residing in the country, with Syrians and Egyptians composing the majority.
In previous remarks to The Jordan Times, Labour Minister Nidal Katamine said he had instructed the inspectors to intensify their campaign against workers and employers who are not abiding by the law.
He said the inspectors warned 1,354 institutions and fined 1,866 others for violating the law, including 1,716 for failing to meet recruitment regulations and 150 for inappropriate work conditions.
Katamine added that the inspection team also closed a recruitment agency and warned eight others for not adhering to the ministry’s instructions governing the recruitment of domestic helpers.