According to the agreements, 2,500 workers are expected to arrive by the end of the year, and 6,800 will have arrived by mid 2014 in order to meet the quota of 8,000 workers.
The agreements will affect employment agencies, which will no longer be able to charge commission fees. The agencies have been fighting the move in the past few months, claiming that as part of a pilot which saw the arrival of agricultural workers from Sri Lanka, the workers were charged a higher commission fee that permitted according to the agreement.
Several complaints have been filed with the Labor Court, but the Population and Immigration Authority says it has not seen any official document on the matter.
"The countries of origin will provide a pool of professional and skilled workers in accordance with the criteria," said a source in the Population Authority.
According to the agreement, Israel will increase the foreign workers quota in the construction industry to 8,000. The move will be implemented in four stages, with the first 2,500 workers arriving in the coming month.