Somalia Parliament debates on employment of foreign workers

Published: August 31, 2015

Somalia Parliament debates on employment of foreign workersSomalia’s Federal Parliament has started to debate on the employment of foreign workers in a move to restrict the over reliance on foreign workforce.
MP Osman Mohamud Dhufle, the head of the Parliament’s Social affairs committee in a Parliament session that it is important to encourage local workforce by limiting the dependence on foreign workers.
‘’There are many young people who are not employed and hopeless and yet we see foreign workers employed for jobs that they can fill.’’
Since the collapse of the Central government in 1991, many companies, education institutions and International & local organizations in the region rely on foreign workers to meet their manpower needs.
Members of the Federal Parliament are expected to carry out a vote for the bill of foreign workers employment in the coming days.
In April, Somalia’s cabinet introduced new policies that will be used upon foreign labour recruitment and was unanimously passed by the council of ministers.
According to researches made, the unemployment rate for youths in Somalia is among the highest in the world, at a startling 67% among all 14 to 29-year olds. Most disconcertingly it stated that only 40% of Somali youths were actively looking for work leaving behind a hopeless and deeply discouraged majority group, arguably more vulnerable than any other to turn to extremism and criminal behaviour.
Unemployment and poverty in Somalia have forced many young people to emigrate in search of a better life through perilous journeys across deserts and seas.
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