60 unpermitted foreign workers to be deported

Office of Maldives Immigration Photo: Immigration / Twitter

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Immigration has decided to deport 60 foreign workers working in the Maldives after entering the country under various visas.

There have been lots of recent complaints that foreign workers are being unlawfully employed to the tourism industry as musicians, photographers and to other jobs which causes a reduction in the job opportunities for local musicians, photographers and artists. Immigration said that the most frequent complaint is regarding the employment of such personnel to resorts and that after a thorough investigation, they have decided to deport 60 such foreign workers.

Immigration said that investigations will be made and that strict action will be taken against the insittutions who were unlawfully employing foreign workers to different jobs. They added that this results in a lack of job opportunities for local artists and causes financial difficulties to the locals as well. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected a lot of jobs, especially self employed personnel such as musicians and photographers which is why job opportunities for such people are especially important right now.

Complaints regarding the lack of job opportunities for local artists has greatly increased recently. However, some employers hire foreign workers unlawfully under different visas which affects the jobs of local artists.