Nearly 28,000 expats arrested in Oman in 2017

The Omanization drive is part of a government’s push to recruit more of its citizens. (Shutterstock)
Updated 10 September 2018
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Nearly 28,000 expats arrested in Oman in 2017

  • The capital, Muscat, saw the majority of the 27,837 illegal expats arrested at 8,923
  • Illegal workers from Bangladesh made up nearly three quarters of those arrested, at 20,557

DUBAI: There were 500 expat workers were arrested in 2017 in Oman for violating the country’s labor law, according to figures released by the Ministry of Manpower, local daily Times of Oman reported.
The capital, Muscat, saw the majority of the 27,837 illegal expats arrested at 8,923, while North Batinah, Dhofar and South Batinah saw 6,918, 3,017 and 1,798 expats arrested respectively.
Illegal workers from Bangladesh made up nearly three quarters of those arrested, at 20,557, while Pakistanis and Indians stood at 3,285 and 1,955 respectively.
Earlier this year, the Omani government imposed the initial six month ban on expat workers getting visas for jobs in 87 industries, including media, engineering, marketing and sales, accounting and finance, IT, insurance, technicians, administration and HR.
The Omanization drive is part of a government’s push to recruit more of its citizens, a similar push is underway across the GCC where countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have also been trying to increase the number of locals in employment.


Turkey cuts investment criteria for foreigners seeking citizenship

Updated 19 September 2018
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Turkey cuts investment criteria for foreigners seeking citizenship

  • Turkey made it easier for foreigners to become Turkish citizens by cutting the financial and investment criteria required for citizenship
  • Foreigners now need only to have $500,000 deposits in Turkish banks

ANKARA: Turkey on Wednesday made it easier for foreigners to become Turkish citizens by cutting the financial and investment criteria required for citizenship, according to a decree from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Foreigners now need only to have $500,000 deposits in Turkish banks, down from $3 million before while fixed capital investment was reduced from $2 million to $500,000 dollars, the decree published in the Official Gazette said.
Meanwhile individuals can obtain citizenship if they employ 50 people, down from the previous 100, while those who own property worth $250,000 can become Turkish citizens, compared to the previous value necessary of $1 million.
The decree is the latest in a series by Erdogan in what appears to be a bid to prop up the embattled Turkish lira and the economy which slowed down in the second quarter.
Last week, the president ordered that contracts for the sale, rent and leasing of property in or indexed to foreign currencies would not be allowed.
The Turkish currency fell against the US dollar drastically in August after one of the most bitter spats between Ankara and Washington over the detention of an American pastor.
The lira lost nearly a quarter in value against the greenback in August.
But there had been investor concerns over domestic economic policy and Erdogan’s continued opposition to high interest rates, although the central bank aggressively hiked its main policy rate 6.25 percent to 24 percent last week.
Erdogan will later meet with representatives of American companies working in Turkey at 1500 GMT at his presidential palace in Ankara, according to the presidential website.
He will meet with 30 senior executives, according to HaberTurk daily, including representatives from Microsoft and Google.