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Samoa reviews overseas employer schemes

Samoa's Minister for Police and Prisons has raised concerns over the loss of police officers to New Zealand's Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers scheme.

Faualo Harry Schuster told Talamua online it is an issue that needs to be addressed because it is not just his ministry that is losing skilled staff, but other fields as well.

He could not give an exact number of police officers who left the force for work under the scheme overseas.

The same concern was raised by local businesses which have lost skilled manpower to the seasonal workers' scheme and are facing difficulty in finding local workers.

Concerns about the overseas programmes have prompted the Samoan government to engage in a review.

The programme incorporates New Zealand's Recognized Seasonal Employer Scheme, and Australia's Seasonal Workers Program under the Labour Mobility Scheme.

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