Employers instructed to register migrant workers in Addu

Addu City. (File Photo/Sun/Fayaz Moosa)

Addu City Council has issued a notice instructing employers to register migrant workers in the city with the relevant district offices.

Addu City Council said in its notice that it made the decision to register migrant workers who already work in the city and register future migrant workers before they are brought in to the city following discussions with relevant State authorities with reference to Article 39 (t) and (u) of Decentralization Act and Article 40 (a) (xxvi) of Decentralization Act.

Employers are now required to register migrant workers with the relevant district office before they are brought in to the city, and inform the relevant district office regarding decisions to let go migrant workers.

The council has introduced two sets of forms for the purpose; an application for registration of migrant workers and an application for deregistration of migrant workers.

Furthermore, the Addu City Council has also declared that undocumented migrant workers, other than those who have applied for the Economic Ministry’s regularization program, will not be permitted to stay in the city.

Addu City Council has announced it intends to liaison with relevant State authorities to facilitate the repatriation of undocumented workers in the city who have not applied for the regularization program.

Application forms for registration and deregistration of migrant workers is available for download on Addu City Council’s website. Employers have the option of submitting the applications via email.

Maldives has a population of close to 150,000 migrant workers, some 63,000 of whom are undocumented.

Most of the migrant workers in Maldives are Bangladeshis.

The Maldivian government has initiated a program to repatriate undocumented workers. More than 2,500 Bangladeshi workers have been repatriated under the program.