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DUBAI – Jobseekers who use fake degrees to gain employment could face tougher sanctions if a proposed UAE law to combat employment fraud is approved.
Under the proposed law, recruitment agencies and employers could also face penalties for knowingly accepting fake degrees and certificates.
Using fake certificates is a crime in the UAE that is punishable by up to three years in jail.
The crackdown on fake credentials was revealed during a recent meeting of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR).
“Unified regulations are especially needed in Gulf countries, as the job market here is the target of many jobseekers worldwide.. We need to keep up with the advanced methods used to fake such degrees,” said Dr Khamees Al Bloushi, a member of a GCC-wide committee tasked with verifying the credentials of jobseekers.
Al Bloushi said that authorities have recently discovered dozens of cases of people using fake degrees to gain employment in the region. Media reports have also revealed a black market in fake MBA qualifications. ICA/Expat Media
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