21 Jul 2008

Nearly 100 Marshalls workers to leave for US

10:55 am on 21 July 2008

Close to 100 Marshall Islanders will leave for hotel jobs in the

United States this month, the first of what could be job openings for

thousands from the U.S.-affiliated country.

26 Marshall Islanders left for jobs at U.S. mainland hotels earlier this week, and 46 more are set to leave Majuro next week.

The hotel labor recruits are getting a paid-for one-way ticket to the U.S. with an entry-level job guarantee.

Local labor recruiter Russell Langrine said there are jobs for hundreds more Marshall Islanders if this first group works out to the satisfaction of U.S. hotels.

Although the pool of skilled labour is small in the Marshall Islands, workers have the advantage of not needing a visa to live and work in the United States.

That right is set out in the Compact of Free Association with

Washington that gives the U.S. use of an important missile testing facility at Kwajalein Atoll.