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Undocumented in Bahrain: 30,000 workers get regularised.

DATE: 05-Jan-2021 Reported By: The Daily Star

An estimated 30,000 undocumented Bangladeshi migrant workers became regularised in Bahrain under an amnesty programme of the Gulf country's government that ended on December 31 last year.

Under the programme declared on April 2 last year, most Bangladeshi workers availed "flexi permit" from Bahrain government's Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) to get work opportunity there, said an official at the Bangladesh embassy in Manama.

However, a small number of the workers returned home after being regularised without paying a fine, he said.

Unlike other Arab countries, migrant workers' situation in Bahrain is comparatively better, considering the authorities allow foreign workers to live and work without any local sponsorship. In contrast, local sponsorship is mandatory under the existing "kafala system" to avail job in countries like Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

In Bahrain, to avail such work permit without local sponsor, a foreign worker has to get "flexi permit" after being registered with the LMRA.