Jordan cancels crackdown on illegal workers, did Morsi have a hand?

Published December 12th, 2012 - 03:00 GMT
Jordan has cancelled a crackdown on illegal workers
Jordan has cancelled a crackdown on illegal workers

Authorities [in Jordan] on Tuesday announced that the campaign targeting illegal labourers in the Kingdom has been suspended.

Labour Ministry Spokesperson Haitham Khasawneh told The Jordan Times over the phone labourers violating the labour law can visit the ministry to rectify their residency and work permit status.

Khasawneh did not give further details on the reasons behind the decision to halt the campaign.

Egyptian workers represent the majority of labourers in the Kingdom, with official figures estimating their number at 500,000.

On Monday, His Majesty King Abdullah received a phone call from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the two leaders discussed bilateral ties and regional issues.

The phone conversation followed a statement issued by the Egyptian labour ministry regarding a Jordanian decision to deport thousands of illegal guest workers, including Egyptians.

Egypt’s labour minister, Ahmad Azhari, was quoted in the Egyptian media as saying that President Morsi would intervene in the issue.

According to official estimates only 176,000 of the half-a-million Egyptians working in several sectors, mainly construction, hospitality and agriculture, hold valid work permits.


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