302 Filipinos to be deported; 150 barred from traveling due to pending criminal cases

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KUWAIT CITY, May 30: Following the evacuation of a shelter for Filipino workers in the Al-Surra area, which housed 462 Filipinos, the Ministry of the Interior has made the decision to deport 302 Filipinos. The individuals were transferred to the shelter center in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh, under the Ministry of the Interior, where their information was verified. Subsequently, 232 of them were scheduled for deportation, while 150 Filipinos were detained at the center due to travel restrictions placed upon them.

The eviction process was carried out in coordination between the Ministry of Manpower and the Residency Affairs Investigations, with prior notification to the Philippine embassy, reports Al Rai. It was noted that the shelter center, which was a rented house by the embassy, was in violation of laws and regulations, serving as a refuge for domestic workers escaping from their sponsors.

The Ministry of the Interior is currently holding 150 Filipinos at the shelter center due to various cases against them, including criminal offenses, misdemeanors, and labor disputes. Collaborative efforts will be made with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Manpower to expedite the necessary procedures for their repatriation to their home country. The Ministry has made significant efforts to provide healthcare and logistical services to the workers in accordance with international agreements and humanitarian standards.

The travel procedures for the group of 232 individuals, consisting of 223 women and 9 men, will soon be completed. Coordination has been established with the Philippine embassy, and they will be deported in batches based on flight schedules starting from Thursday.

The sources have revealed that there are an additional 70 members from the Filipino community who were previously housed in the shelter. Their deportation process will be carried out separately on Saturday, June 3, after completing the required procedures and booking their tickets.

The security sources have urged all embassies to adhere to the laws of Kuwait and refrain from establishing special shelters for their workers who have fled from their sponsors.

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