Absconding Cases of Domestic Helpers Subject to Immediate Deportation

Maj Gen Talal Maarafi from the Interior Ministry’s Residency Affairs announced last Dec. 17 (Monday) that the government has come up with the decision to not lift reported cases of absconding domestic helpers to the department.

Moreover, any absconding domestic helper arrested by security authorities will be subject for immediate deportation, Maarafi shared. The said move was made to address issues on visa trafficking in the Gulf State as shared in a report by the Kuwait Times.

Absconding Cases of Domestic Helpers Subject to Immediate Deportation
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Gov’t Decides to Deport Absconding Domestic Helpers in Kuwait

Furthermore, based on the report the government is keen on addressing the demographic imbalance as part of its top priorities. Specially designed legislations are being devised and deliberated upon by the National Assembly, all of which are slated to be reviewed and passed in January, along with other announcements that are to be made by the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Economic Development Hind Al-Sabeeh.

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The measures developed by the National Assembly had been based on the decision of the Cabinet establish a system of regulating the presence of marginal labourers by assessing actual needs of the labour market.

As a result, a series of government decisions such banning the renewal of marginal labourer’s work permits and/or residence visas.

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According to government officials, reducing the number of expats in the country is not entirely the goal, as the government only aims to regulate their presence by setting up a system that would only accept qualified and skilled workers to join the country’s labour market.

However, once the new measures created are put into effect, the government will be able to reduce about a million marginal labourers within seven years’ time.

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