Housing ministry illegally employed 59 expat workers: audit

An expatriate worker carries cement bricks to a construction site. PHOTO/MIHAARU

An expatriate worker carries cement bricks to a construction site. PHOTO/MIHAARU

An audit report has revealed that the housing ministry had engaged 59 expatriate workers in labour, in violation of the Immigration Act.

The housing ministry’s audit report for 2015 stated that expatriate workers had been employed illegally for a period of three months for projects such as the renovation of capital Male’s roads and development of “Thin Ruh” park. These workers had been brought to the Maldives by private companies and they had been given over MVR 700,000 as salary.

According to the audit report, these workers were living illegally in the Maldives and they had not been brought to work for the ministry.

The work visa regulations state that expatriate workers may only be made to work within the field permitted, and that they must have all the relevant documents.

The Immigration Act further states that any worker who does not have a permit to enter or work in the Maldives cannot be employed.

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