UAE: Employers using tourist visa scams to trap Indian migrants in abusive work

Author: Roli Srivastava, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Published on: 16 January 2020

"Tourist visa scam traps Indian migrants in abusive jobs in UAE," 15 Jan 2020

Exploitative employers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are increasingly using tourist visas to hire Indians in a scam that leaves migrants open to labor abuse...

“Employers and recruiters have colluded and invented this visit visa route,” said Bheem Reddy, president of the Emigrants Welfare Forum...

A demand for short-term workers ahead of big events such as Dubai’s Expo 2020 world fair in October has further fueled the scam, a United Nations official said...

visit visas are sold by hotels and airlines, giving workers no rights and freeing employers from all responsibility.

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