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Labour Ministry to Establish Labour Desks at Major Border Crossing Points

March 11, 2021

 By Aminata Phidelia Allie

Information Officer, MLSS

In a bid to control the inflow and outflow of migrant workers in Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security has on Tuesday, 9th March, 2021, held a stakeholder consultative meeting  on the establishment of Labour Desks at the three major border crossing points; Lungi, Gendema and Gbalamuya.

Over the years, the ministry has collaborated with stakeholders in migration management to ensure that there is orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration within and out of the country.

In 2019, the ministry instituted a temporary ban on all overseas recruitment because of the uncoordinated and unregulated inflow and outflow of migrants, which is mostly facilitated by unregistered recruiters. However, the ban was consistently flouted due to the eagerness of Sierra Leoneans to migrate overseas for employment.

In light of the above, the ministry sought to establish Labour Desks  at  the above mentioned border crossing points to monitor the inflow and outflow of migrant workers.

The objective of the consultative meeting was for stakeholders to share their experiences on irregular migration and to discuss the way forward on the establishment of the Labour Desks as a means to maximize the potential benefits of labour migration.

The Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Security, Lansana Mohamed Dumbuya, expressed concern about the fact that there were many foreigners currently working in the country, without work permits, adding that that was a huge loss to the country’s economy.

He said that even though the country’s immigration laws qualified foreigners to hold a work permit the moment they are given a resident permit, most of them bypass the work permit system.

A team of Labour Officers from the ministry’s Migration Unit is expected to travel to Gendema and Gbalamuya to hold  similar consultative meetings scheduled for Thursday,18th and Friday, 19th March,2021. Such a consultative meeting was held in Lungi in November last year.

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