COVID-19: Kuwait rules out imminent return of domestic workers

Cairo: There is no indication that Kuwait will soon end the ban on flights from countries exporting domestic workers, a trade unionist said in remarks released today.

Last month, Kuwait announced the suspension of flights from dozens of countries over concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. These countries include India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.

The head of the union of owners of recruiting offices for domestic workers, Khaled Al Dokhnan, said the union had made several representations to the Kuwaiti public labor authority as well as to ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs on the resumption of the issuance of visas for domestic workers, without obtaining a response. again.

“It is necessary to resume issuing visas to recruit domestic workers due to the market shortage due to a seven-month hiatus,” Al Dokhnan told Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida.

The contracts of most of the domestic workers currently in Kuwait have expired and they want to return home, he said without giving precise figures. There has been no official comment on his remarks.

Foreigners make up nearly 3.4 million of Kuwait’s 4.8 million inhabitants.

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