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Government hoping for immigrant work permits to address state shortage

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Government of Quintana Roo is working with other agencies to be able to provide work permits to immigrants. If successful, the work permits will help alleviate the shortage of construction workers around the state.

The Government of Quintana Roo, through the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, announced that they have begun negotiations with the federal government to grant special work permits to immigrants residing in the state.

The Secretaría del Trabajo y Previsión Social Quintana Roo head Flor Ruiz Cosío says they are working in collaboration with the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees (COMAR), the National Migration Institute (INM) and the Tax Administration Service (SAT), as well as with other institutions to comply with the necessary requirements and procedures that will allow the hiring of immigrants.

“We are working on an initiative that allows us to address the deficit of workers that we have in Quintana Roo.” She says they are hoping to take advantage of the immigrants who have arrived in the state by being able to offer them special work permits to fill “the job opportunities that exist at the moment.”

Flores says there are around 10,000 vacancies around the state that need to be filled.

“This initiative has the support of the local business community which recognizes the importance of occupying these vacant work spaces and that by filling them with immigrants, as it contributes to the growth of the labor market and provides opportunities to those who need it most.

“We cannot talk about a deadline or a date to start the program because we are just in the beginning phase, but we hope to make progress and be able to announce it soon.”

She says that in no way will this mean that the people of Quintana Roo will be displaced, but only that it will help to solve the deficit of workers due to other mega-projects such as the Maya Train.