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‘Recruitment of domestics from 26 countries banned’

Indonesia and Bhutan included in list

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 2: Domestic workers from 24 African and two Asian countries are banned from working in Kuwait, bringing the total number of banned nationalities to 26, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting the Directorate General of Residency Affairs in the Ministry of Interior.

According to the new list, nationalities on the list include domestic workers from Ivory Coast and Madagascar, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea- Bissau, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Togo. Housemaids from Senegal, Malawi, Chad, Sierra Leone, Niger, Tanzania, Gambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi. As for the Asian countries, the ban included only Indonesia and Bhutan based on letters from the Foreign Ministry, indicating the new list issued last July canceled the lists that preceded it, while ban on two countries; Eritrea and Liberia have been lifted.

Transactions will be accepted from 8 countries, namely: South Africa and Benin, with males from Senegal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam and Nepal.

In the same context, President of the Union of Domestic Recruitment Offices Khaled Al-Dakhanan said the union held a meeting with the Philippines Ambassador and the Labor Attaché to discuss the latest developments.

They were briefed on the most important issues related to the recruitment of Filipino domestic workers into the country. He said the union has received promises from the Philippines ambassador to overcome all obstacles to the recruitment process, noting the coming days will result in more effective steps that will benefit both Kuwaiti and Philippine sides.

He pointed out that a Filipino delegation will visit Kuwait in January 2020 to sign the joint contract on domestic workers, noting the union will make other positive moves on domestic workers; most notably a visit to Indonesia and the Philippines at the end of December to achieve an expansion in recruitment and overcome obstacles.

Open markets He also touched on the union’s quest to open different labor markets to sign up domestic workers by visiting the embassies of those countries in Kuwait, the latest of which was the Nigerian embassy where they explained the benefits granted to workers to the Nigerian labor attaché, preceded by two meetings with the Nepalese and Ethiopian embassies.

He urged the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to hasten the conclusion of memoranda of understanding with some countries on employment, while welcoming export of domestic workers to the country. He continued: “The union seeks, through communication with the embassies, to open new recruitment outlets to fill shortage in the domestic labor market, in addition to the union’s demands to concerned authorities- especially Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to communicate with countries such as Indonesia, Ethiopia and Nepal to sign joint work agreements.”

Al-Dukhanan said depriving Kuwaiti recruitment agencies of reemployment right prompted many foreign offices to stop sending their workers to Kuwait, because they feared the large number of workers returning home during the guarantee period without realistic reasons, depriving the worker his right to get a chance again into the country. He stated that re-employment is an inherent right deprived the owners of domestic labor offices since the implementation of Law No. 68 of 2015.

He called on the concerned authorities to alleviate the suffering of those offices and give them the right to rehire, in accordance with the principle of equal opportunities with the government company that currently own this right exclusively. He called on concerned authorities to work on releasing a list of names of offices that committed violations, as well as fake, and unlicensed companies in the media; in order to warn citizens and residents against dealing with them.

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