TDT | Manama
The Day by day Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Whereas driving in closely air-conditioned autos on roads, have you ever ever questioned about African nationals, in teams or alone, treading via the pedestrian walkways of Manama braving the scorching warmth?
The younger ones, principally males, seemingly within the age group between 20 and 30, may be seen holding a bag carrying their resumes, academic qualification and work expertise certificates. The seekers of hope, who’re unperturbed by the intense climate, are right here to seek out technique of residing after struggling the situations of immense poverty and excessive unemployment fuelled by the pandemic of their nations.
There may be nothing new concerning the arrival of Africans carrying the robes of jobseekers into Bahrain. However their entry in giant numbers is an alleged story of kids from the continent falling sufferer to visa fraudsters. It’s learnt that on the pretext of offering jobs in Bahrain, lots of have been duped by the fraudsters by handing over three-month a number of entry go to visas after taking quantities ranging between BD1,200 and BD1,500.
A lot of the victims are from West African nations that embrace Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. “I paid 1.5 million Nigerian Naira (BD1,350) to an agent in Lagos to succeed in right here. He mentioned upon reaching right here I’d be provided jobs with salaries ranging between BD400 and BD500. It has been a month now and on a regular basis I stroll at the least 10 to twenty kms within the scorching solar, looking for jobs,” a 23-year-old Nigerian nationwide, a determined jobseeker in Bahrain, informed The Day by day Tribune.
“I don’t have cash to outlive right here, neither can I return dwelling with out success. I actually don’t know what the longer term holds for me.”
One other Nigerian nationwide, who couldn’t get hold of a job in Bahrain, after following the same route, mentioned he plans to return dwelling. “All of us have been cheated very badly by the brokers. However, what could possibly be achieved? We have now to maneuver on in life,” the 24-year-old hair stylist mentioned.
He additionally mentioned that he felt a sure sort of racial discrimination existed in Bahrain’s non-public sector job market. “I visited many salons throughout the Kingdom looking for a job as a hair stylist. Nearly all of them have been run by expatriates, who would brazenly inform me that there are vacancies however they merely don’t wish to make use of an African nationwide.”
Shamsuddin VK, an expatriate businessman in Bahrain, mentioned at the least 10 to fifteen African nationals go to his enterprise each day looking for jobs. “I really feel actually sorry for them as I’ve nothing to supply. I urge the authorities to take strict motion in opposition to the culprits who proceed to defraud these harmless kids.”
Social staff in Bahrain mentioned that almost all of victims solely realise the fraudulent act after reaching the Kingdom on a go to visa. “Nevertheless, after falling sufferer to the scammers they don’t have any different choice aside from returning dwelling or persevering with their keep within the Kingdom as an unlawful resident.”
Talking to The Day by day Tribune, social employee Gangan Trikaripur mentioned visa fraudsters are preying on not solely jobseekers from Africa but in addition from South Asian nations together with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“Owing to poor monetary conditions primarily attributable to the pandemic, many unemployed youths from these nations try to acquire jobs in Gulf nations together with Bahrain. They get in contact with many faux recruitment brokers via social media platforms and are conned out of cash.”
“Among the many victims there are a lot of ladies expatriates as effectively. They’re lured into the entice by providing jobs within the hospitality business. I do know an expat lady, who was provided per week’s go to visa within the identify of employment visa, who was later rescued and despatched dwelling.”
He mentioned the depth of the fraudulent act is so excessive that the scammers are promoting visas obtained for BD9 to susceptible people for a minimal quantity of BD700.
He urged potential expatriate jobseekers to maintain a distance from faux on-line commercials providing jobs with extraordinarily excessive salaries. The opposite main visa rip-off, in response to him, originates from inside the Kingdom. “Many sponsors and their brokers get hold of employment visas and copies are despatched to expat jobseekers, who pay enormous quantities in return pondering they’ve been provided employment right here. However, these sponsors and their brokers would immediately cancel these visas and get the quantity refunded from the Labour Market Regulatory Authority.
“The victims solely realise their unlawful standing upon arriving at Bahrain Worldwide Airport and so they, most frequently, return dwelling as they haven’t a lot choices left. There have been additionally many instances of free visa holders being cheated by their sponsors, who cancel visas after taking the complete quantity from victims. The victims can’t even file a police criticism as acquiring the free visa by itself is an unlawful act.”
The Day by day Tribune is awaiting response from Nationality, Passport and Residence Affairs with regard to the steps taken to extend consciousness amongst abroad jobseekers.