Sunday, 7 February 2010

INTERVIEW-Help Haiti: employ its migrant workers-UN official

05 Feb 2010 18:26:42 GMT
Source: Reuters
By Olesya Dmitracova

LONDON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The United States and the Dominican Republic could help Haiti recover from last month's earthquake by employing Haitian workers to fill seasonal labour gaps, a senior U.N. official said on Friday.

"More than the immediate the form of money and some technical capacity, the big issue really also is finding some longer-term trade and employment solutions," said Salil Shetty, director of the United Nations' Millennium Campaign, which aims to eradicate extreme poverty by 2015.

He cited the example of a New Zealand scheme which makes it easier for employers in some industries to recruit temporary workers from abroad.

"There's no reason why the southeastern part of the U.S. or even the Dominican Republic can't do this sort of system in a structured and legalised way because there is a shortage of labour (there)," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.

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