Expat bachelors in Manama face segregation

Published:  26 Jan at 6 PM
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Single foreign workers in the Bahraini capital Manama will be forced to reside in set areas because of the number of complaints received about them harassing local women and families among other things.

The Capital Trustees Board came up with the proposal after expat labourers have increasingly been accused of harassment, trespassing and generally disturbing the peace. Part of the new rule would involve landlords having to notify the Capital Trustees Executive Authority prior to renting to an expat.

Chairman of the board Mohammed Al Khozaee explained that single expats had been accused of “immoral activities” relating to their attitude and behaviour. He claimed that confining them to set areas would ensure that other locals were separated from them and peace would prevail, rather than the present situation where complaints were commonplace.

However, Al Khozaee revealed people already living in the city would not be evicted from their homes, rather it would only be newcomers who were affected by the rules. He said the new plan would begin once research on where best the house the single foreign workers had been conducted.

He went on to say that expat labourers were often forced to live in overcrowded properties, but revealed that these residences would now be inspected to ensure that the living conditions were suitable.
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