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Contractors bring illegal workers while Mongolians remain unemployed

By M.ZOLJARGAL

While unemployment in Mongolia is still not dropping, the number of Chinese and North Korean construction workers has been increasing year by year. Though most of them are contracted workers, visa violations and expirations are a common issue, reported the Mongolian Immigration Agency.

Officials of the Division Against Economic Crimes of the Criminal Police Department have therefore started inspecting contractors to determine the reasons for exceeding foreign employee quotas.

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 Unuudur Daily Newspaper, a reliable source told them that several companies were found violating several clauses of the Law on Labor Exchange, which states that the “quota for foreign workers in organizations in any economic sector must be revised every year based on the total staff number and foreign investment amount. The revised quota must be approved by the Government of Mongolia,” and, “only visa providers will provide work permits to foreigners in Mongolia based on government approved quotas for foreign workers after inspecting submitted materials.”

In addition, the companies were found guilty of violating the government’s decree on determining the foreign workforce exchange rate per year by forging documents. The decree states, “businesses may hire foreign workers equal to five to 25 percent of their total employees.”

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

Center for Employment Service might be partially responsible for the violations, as they don’t check total number of staff of the companies before issuing permits.

For instance, Khishigkhangai LLC brought 22 Chinese workers in 2011, 39 in 2012, and 85 in 2013, while Sain Construction LLC brought 47 in 2013. China-based Jung Yuan LLC brought 72 Chinese workers in 2011, 58 in 2012, and 47 in 2013. All of them submitted false documents regarding the number of Mongolian workers.

North Korea-based Kumrung LLC brought 38 North Korean workers to Mongolia in 2012 and 63 in 2013. It also falsely reported the number of Mongolian workers to bring more foreign workers.

The State Investigation Authority is currently investigating these cases.

 

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