Dubai: A government official confirmed that the Ethiopian government has stopped sending women for employment as domestic workers in GCC countries, including the UAE. The government of UAE also confirmed that the ban is temporary from the Ethiopian government side, it is applicable for a number of Arab countries including all GCC nations.

Consulate General of Ethiopia sources said that the ban started last week and its still in force. However, the Ethiopian and the UAE governments are negotiating a memorandum of understanding (MoU), to safeguard the rights of Ethiopian domestic workers in the UAE.

The officials have explained that “ recently, we have experienced in some cases that out workers faced problems of non-payment of wages and being denied health insurance. The temporary ban on the recruitment of Ethiopian domestic workers is the first step to weeding out unscrupulous agencies and abusive sponsors”

It further revealed that “nearly 400 Ethiopians enter the UAE. When they reach the country, most of them land in trouble, as they  do not know they are to work as housemaids”

MOHRE’s (Human Resources and Emiratisation’s) announcement no 6, 2018, Ethiopian workers arrival to the UAE has been stopped temporarily. However, the ministry has urged typing centers, who prepare entry permits for Ethiopian workers, to be aware of the new ban before typing the permits.

From December 11 onwards, if they type entry permit applications for Ethiopian workers, the center will be held responsible.

In UAE, the Ethiopian government issued a temporary deployment ban on its citizens looking for work as domestic and blue-collar staff in the UAE. The Ethiopian government was alarmed by the increase in people being illegally recruited and trafficked to the country. But the ban over deployment could be lifted “very soon” once the about agreement between the UAE and Ethiopia is finalized. It will include the scope of work, limitations, and protection of maids, among other stipulations.

Through airports, legal frameworks will also be in place to close all illegal channels, immigration, and all networks, and to bring violators to justice.

An official said that “ there is cooperation between both the UAE and Ethiopian governments; we are trying to fight illegal recruitment and human trafficking. So we are making a concerted effort and the UAE government is making a huge effort, especially fighting human trafficking”

It added, “ Recruitment agencies should take responsibility for housemaids from the time they enter the country, but what happens is the opposite.”

After Ethiopia ban The official explained how the recruitment agencies work “ Some recruitment agencies have brought Ethiopian men and women to the UAE and kept them in crowded rooms, sending them out to work one by one for a commission. These hapless Ethiopian nationals are victims who have paid a huge amount of money in order to come to the UAE, often after selling properties back home.

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