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Libya Offers Legal Contracts to Egyptian Local Workforce

Libya’s Ministry of Labor says it wishes to hire foreign labor, including Egyptians and has set a two-month deadline for illegal expatriate workers residing in Libyan lands to send their applications. “This will offer a window of opportunity to foreign laborers working in Libya illegally to adjust their status,” the ministry said in a press […]

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Workers at Tripoli’s decaying port go on strike

Port workers in Libya’s capital Tripoli went on strike on Sunday to demand better working conditions and government investment to fix major damage caused by war and decades of negligence. The port, Libya’s largest non-oil harbor, was damaged during the civil war that ended Muammar Gaddafi’s rule. In May, NATO sank eight Libyan warships there […]

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PHL alert level in Libya lowered from “4” to “2”

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday President Benigno Simeon Aquino III approved its recommendation to lower the alert level in Libya from “4” (evacuation/mandatory repatriation) to “2” (restriction phase).   “This lowering of the alert level means the redeployment of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Libya, as well as allowing Filipinos […]

Profile: Libyan fighter eyes return to business

Twenty-one year-old Khaled Abd al-Khalq likes to think the new Libya will be fairer than the old one. “Before, especially in construction, the businessmen with connections to the people around Gaddafi dominated the industry and made sure they had the biggest share of the cake,” Abd al-Khalq said. “Now the country is changing. We hope […]

Libya’s new battle is getting young people into jobs

According to the International Labour Organization, we are facing the biggest unemployment crisis in a generation. Before the Arab Spring, 22% of young Libyans were jobless. In Egypt, the figure rose to 27% and in Tunisia, 31% of young people were out of a job. The problem is all the more acute because two in […]

Bangladesh’s Libya evacuees keen to get back to work

Some 37,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers were evacuated from Libya, mostly by the International Organisation for Migration or their employers, when foreign companies shut up shop as fighting erupted earlier this year. Before war broke out, tens of thousands of Bangladeshi contract workers were based in Libya, working mostly for large Korean companies on oil or […]