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India, UAE join hands to link India's eMigrate with UAE Labour System

14 February 2018

Aimed at protecting the rights of blue collar workers, India and UAE have agreed to link India’s eMigrate system with that of UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation within a few months, revealed the Indian Ambassador to the UAE.

Speaking to the media, Navdeep Singh Suri mentioned that a technical group has been established to link eMigrate system of India with that of the UAE national system. This process will happen within the next three to four months.

A deal to this effect was signed in Abu Dhabi when the Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited the UAE on 10th February.

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The intention is to bring in maximum workers through the e-migrate system, as this entitles them to certain degree of protection. Once, this is integrated into the UAE system, then it would be a quantum jump in terms of protecting the rights of Indian workers, Suri pointed out.

The  eMigrate system was launched in 2015 in India. It is an online registration system for foreign employers to recruit Indian workers. Indian nationals who have the ECR (Emigration Check Required) stamp on their passports will have to clear their job offers through the eMigrate system. This system was introduced following the complaint from several Indian workers who fell victims in the hands of unscrupulous recruiting agents, who lured them with bogus offers.

This new move can help in preventing malpractices in labour recruitment. Once, the systems are linked, the same job contract that is filed under e-migrate will also be accessible under the UAE system.

The job contract would be made in a format that is acceptable to the laws of UAE. The new agreement will ensure that both the countries join together to end the current malpractices happening in the manpower industry, combat trafficking and organize collaborative programmes for awareness and education of contractual workers.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries

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