Policy Briefing Papers

Work Permits and Exploitation: Time for Reform

MRCI POSITION

Binding a worker to one employer under the current employment permits system is a leading factor in the exploitation of migrant workers. Denying workers the freedom to change employer is also a major cause of workers becoming undocumented. To counter exploitation and to ensure a level playing field for compliant employers, the employment permits system must grant employment permit holders the right to change employers.

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