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israel: indians in misery

Stranded Mid-Aviv

Indians come here to find that the job they came seeking was a well-orchestrated lie

Stranded Mid-Aviv
Mya Guarnieri
Stranded Mid-Aviv
outlookindia.com
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The Flying Visa scam

  • Israel's employment agencies obtain permits to hire foreign workers
  • The permit allows them to secure employment and a work visa for a foreigner
  • The Israel agency's partner in India takes huge sums of money from those wishing to work in Israel
  • But once the Indian worker reaches Israel, he finds his employment, and therefore his visa, cancelled
  • The guilty employment agency uses the permit to take out a visa for yet another Indian
  • Those left stranded go into hiding, hoping to evade deportation. They work illegally to pay the loans they took to finance their journey to Israel.

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The Binding Arrangement

  • Those working legally are also ripe for exploitation. Their work visa is valid as long as they have the job.
  • Employers consequently compel, say a caregiver, to also double up as cooks, gardeners etc
  • Wages are often far lower than promised originally
  • NGOs suspect cases of sexual abuse. These are not reported because the victim fears his visa could be cancelled.
  • Should the employer die, the visa stands cancelled.

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