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Warning against hiring absconding workers in UAE.

The fine for employing an illegal resident or a run-away worker is Dhs50,000

Authorities have warned families and companies against hiring workers who have run away from their original sponsors.

The Ministry of Interior Council in Al Ain said that, besides being illegal, employing absconding workers is a safety risk.

Members of the council issued the warning as they discussed the need to combat violators of UAE residency law during a meeting hosted by Mufleh Ayed Al Ahbabi at his residence in Al Ain this week.

Colonel Taleb Abdul Karim Al Mahmud, head of the Federal Violators and Foreigners Affairs Department at the ministry said people in the country illegally is a great concern to the UAE, which attracts millions of migrant workers.

"Prospects of better earning opportunities cause workers to abscond from their sponsors," said Al Mahmud. "Absconding workers increase the number of residency law violators in the country, which in turn results in a number of risks that require to be dealt with constantly."

He warned that people or companies caught hiring absconding or other illegal workers will face the full force of law.

Al Mahmud said most domestic crimes, such as theft, assault, rape, being reported to police in the recent years were committed by illegal workers.

The fine for employing an illegal resident or a run-away worker is Dhs50,000.

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Date:Oct 31, 2015
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