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Mongolia – Illegal foreign worker numbers on the rise

18 December 2013

The number of Chinese and North Korean construction workers in Mongolia has been increasing, year-on-year, according to the UB Post. Most of the foreign workers enter the country legally, however, the number of visa violators and workers with expired visas is on the rise, reports the Mongolian Immigration Agency.

The companies that hire foreign workers have been allegedly violating laws by forging documents for their workers to let them stay and work illegally in Mongolia. According to the Unuudur Daily, several companies were found violating several clauses of the Law on Labour Exchange which states:

“The quotas for foreign workers in an organisation in any economic sector must be revised every year based on the total staff number and amount of foreign investment. The revised quota must be approved by the government of Mongolia, and only visa providers will be able to provide work permits to foreigners in Mongolia, based on government approved quotas for foreign workers after inspecting submitted materials.”

Companies have also been found guilty of violating the government’s decree on determining foreign workforce exchange rate per year by forging documents. The decree states: “Between 5% and 25% of a company’s workforce can be foreign, depending on the industry and the total number of employees a company employs.”

The accused companies allegedly submitted materials to the authorities that contained false information about the number of Mongolian employees in order to hire more foreign workers.

According to the UB Post, partial responsibility lies with the Centre for Employment Service as the organisation does not carry out appropriate checks, in order to determine the true number of employees at a company prior to issuing visa permits.  

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