16 Nepalese job seekers stranded in Iraq
Sixteen Nepalese citizens, who were lured by placement agents promising them jobs in Iraq, have been arrested by Baghdad police for trying to enter the country illegally.india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 02:06 IST
Sixteen Nepalese citizens, who were lured by placement agents promising them jobs in Iraq, have been arrested by Baghdad police for trying to enter the country illegally.
The labourers, who have been stranded in Iraq for the past two weeks, landed at Baghdad Airport via Mumbai and Jordan. The men were promised jobs by placement agents in the war-ravaged country, Kantipur Daily reported on Wednesday.
They were held at the Baghdad airport after their 'employer' did not come to receive them. As per the Iraqi law, visa will be granted at the airport on arrival for which the employer must be present to receive the workers.
But the Nepalese citizens, who reached there could not find anybody to receive them and their address of the employer also turned out to be wrong, the daily said.
Though Nepal government does not give permission to go to Iraq for work, many people have reached there through illegal channels.
Last year in September, 12 Nepalese workers were slained by Iraqi militants after abducting them, which sparked riots in Kathmandu.