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NUR-SULTAN (TCA) — The issues of regulation of labor immigration in Kazakhstan were discussed at a government meeting on January 13 chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister Berdibek Saparbayev, the press service of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

According to the Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the Population Birzhan Nurymbetov, as of Jan. 1, 2020, 19.1 thousand permits for attracting foreign labor were issued — 77% for managers and qualified specialists. The main countries of origin of labor immigrants are China, Uzbekistan, Turkey, India, and the United Kingdom. Kazakhstani content in such companies’ personnel was provided at the level of 96%.

During inspections of 95 enterprises with over 30 foreign specialists, 1,008 facts of violations of labor and migration laws were revealed, including 479 imbalances in the remuneration of local and foreign workers.

Also among the violations were discrimination on working conditions and sanitary conditions, inadequacy of the education of foreign workers to their positions, performance of work in a specialty that does not comply with the permit.

The ministry is taking measures to prevent and reduce such violations, as well as to strengthen the procedure for issuing permits to attract foreign labor.

For 2020, the quota for attracting foreign labor has been reduced from 48.7 thousand to 29.3 thousand.

Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Arystangani Zapparov said that last year, 531 thousand labor permits were issued. The bulk of labor immigrants were engaged in repair or construction, provided services of nannies and cooks, and worked as domestic workers.

Deputy Prime Minister Saparbayev instructed the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection to strengthen control over the issuance of permits to foreigners.

“The issue of attracting foreign labor is very serious. Our most important task is to protect the domestic labor market,” he said.

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