Famine-hit South Sudan sharply raises foreigners' work fees

South Sudan has sharply increased the cost required for foreigners to work in the country from roughly $100 to up to $10,000 just days after famine was declared there.

The Ministry of Labor raised work permit fees to anywhere from $10,000 to $1,000 depending on skill level, according to a memorandum dated Thursday.

Minister of Information Michael Makuei tells The Associated Press that the fee hikes apply only to foreigners and are aimed at increasing government revenue.

South Sudan's government and the United Nations late last month declared a famine in two counties, saying about 100,000 people are at risk.

The U.N. secretary-general and others have accused South Sudan's government of restricting humanitarian access in a country that has been devastated by three years of civil war.



Add Comment

all comments

  Other news

more
Dow downdraft continues, day after its worst drop in three months

Dow downdraft continues, day after its worst drop in three months..

18-Aug, 12:02

This file photo taken on Aug. 8, 2017 shows a trader working on the floor...

Spanish royal family leads reactions to Barcelona terrorist attack

Spanish royal family leads reactions to Barcelona terrorist attack..

18-Aug, 05:41

by hellomagazine.com The Spanish royal family's Twitter account shared a...

Spain attacks

Spain attacks..

18-Aug, 06:51

Spanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the...

Sir Bruce Forsyth dead: Legendary Strictly Come Dancing presenter and entertainer dies aged 89 after series of health scares

Sir Bruce Forsyth dead: Legendary Strictly Come Dancing presenter and entertainer dies aged 89..

18-Aug, 14:11

Beloved TV presenter and entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89....

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' rockets to $145 million opening weekend

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' rockets to $145 million opening weekend..

08-May, 10:32

No surprise here: Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" dominated the...

The Latest: Iran officials say 5 attackers fought for IS

The Latest: Iran officials say 5 attackers fought for IS..

08-Jun, 06:13

The Latest on attacks in Iran's parliament building and the mausoleum of...

A look at the 3 Pentagon reviews into the SEAL raid in Yemen

A look at the 3 Pentagon reviews into the SEAL raid in Yemen..

27-Feb, 19:51

There are three reviews underway into the SEAL Team Six raid in Yemen...

Repeal or spare? Pressure is on moderates over health care

Repeal or spare? Pressure is on moderates over health care..

02-May, 01:56

Moderate Republicans face intense pressure on their party's latest...