Fun and games initiative to boost morale of expatriate workers

AN initiative to boost the morale of Bahrain’s low-paid expat workers saw almost 1,000 come together for an action-packed day of activities yesterday. The ICRF Workers Day – Autumn Fest, organised by the Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF), was held at the Indian School grounds, Isa Town. Continue reading

Bahrain’s record is impressive

AS we mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, I, on behalf of the Embassy of the Philippines, the Republic of the Philippines and most of all, the over 50,000 overseas Filipinos living and working in Bahrain, extend congratulations on the Kingdom of Bahrain’s attainment of Tier 1 status in the US Department of State classification of States in Combating Trafficking in Persons. Continue reading

Bahrain to spearhead anti-trafficking drive

AN anti-human trafficking centre that will provide training to experts around the region is expected to open soon in Bahrain.

The state-of-the-art facility will have access to a digital database that contains details of victims, trafficking routes, court verdicts and other information to identify trends globally.

It is being spearheaded by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) in co-operation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Continue reading

30 Filipinos sign up for flexi permit

A FIRST batch of undocumentedFilipino residents in Bahrain have legalised their stay, thanks to financial support provided by their own government.Manila has agreed to pay a substantial contribution towards their flexible work permits, which were launched by Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) last year. Continue reading

Trafficking clamp success praised by top diplomat


BAHRAIN’S efforts to combat human trafficking, including the protection of alleged Filipina victims, has been praised by a top diplomat. Philippines Ambassador Alfonso Ver said the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has played a key role in addressing the “global scourge” through new programmes and intensified campaigns in the country. Continue reading

His Majesty praises Bahrain’s anti-trafficking strides

His Majesty King Hamad yesterday praised Bahrain’s achievements in combating human trafficking.This came as he received at Safriya Palace US Ambassador Justin Siberell, who presented the US Department of State report on upgrading Bahrain to Tier 1 status in recognition of its commitment to combating trafficking. Continue reading

Dhaka delegation in talks over clamp on illegal workers

A STRATEGY to eliminate visa traders and enforce tighter immigration rules will aim to tackle illegal workers entering Bahrain from Bangladesh. The action plan will be drawn up by the Bangladeshi government, which sent a delegation from its Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry to meet officials in Bahrain. Continue reading

LMRA rescues 16 women during labour raids on recruitment offices

SIXTEEN women have been rescued during raids conducted on recruitment offices, it has emerged.

Recruitment firms in the country are obliged to provide temporary accommodation for newly-hired workers, which inspectors from the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) found some to be in violation of the law. Continue reading