Maputo — In the first nine months of this year, 11,821 foreign citizens came to Mozambique legitimately seeking work, according to a Wednesday press release from the Ministry of Labour.
This is an increase on the figure of slightly more than 11,000 foreign applicants for work registered in the same period of 2011.
According to the Ministry’s statistics, 4,395 of these foreign workers came for short periods of work of 30 days or less. Investment projects were responsible for recruiting 664 foreign workers.
2,697 of the foreigners worked in Maputo city, and a further 2,174 were employed in Maputo province (essentially in the industrial city of Matola).
1,698 worked in Sofala, 1,247 in Cabo Delgado, 1,195 in Tete and 1,052 in Nampula. The remaining five provinces received less than 1,000 foreign workers each.
The countries supplying the bulk of these foreign workers were South Africa, Portugal and China.
The Labour Ministry’s statistics only refer to workers recruited legally, and say nothing about those who entered the country illegally, or who came in on tourist visas and then overstayed.