Macao (RAE - China) - Illegal workers and trafficking (2010)

The Macau Labourer and People’s Spirit Association has estimated there are some 30,000 undocumented migrants from Southeast Asia and mainland China in the territory. After high profile public demonstrations in 2007 against the use of illegal and low-paid imported labour, there has been a reported slowdown in the number of imported workers from China, but a faster growth in migrant workers from Hong Kong and South East Asia, who generally receive higher wages than those from mainland China. In October 2008, new regulations criminalise employers using illegal workers with maximum punishment of 3 years’ imprisonment.

According to the Mission for Migrant Workers, the Macau authorities are ignoring the problem of illegal recruitment. The MFMW handled nearly 50 foreign domestic workers who were victims of illegal recruitment to Macau in the fourth quarter of 2009.

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