The Type And Extent Of Foreign Labor, As Well As Its Effects On The Iraqi Labor Market After 2003

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Hussein Adnan Malallah , Karim Salem Al-Ghalby


Following 2003, the Iraqi labor market saw a scenario similar to that of many occupied nations, with an inflow of foreign employees due to a large gap in service sectors outside of the government sector. The private and mixed sectors' economic movement was nearly halted; as a result of the poor return, there was no demand for foreign labor, and over time, the flow of foreign labor increased, and it became an economic weight, especially those whose presence is irrelevant to actual national production, putting Iraqi workers in a difficult confrontation with the labor market, based on a lack of organization. And the lack of government planning, and the issue here is not about rejection and hatred of foreign workers, nor is it a class issue slogan, but rather a search for an organization related to the implementation of their duties stipulated in the Iraqi Labor Law, and an indication of the extent of the impact on the possibility of developing local labor to create new job opportunities, with which it eliminates part of the risk of growing unemployment.

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