According to recent figures from the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), there has been a drastic decrease in the number of domestic workers in the country, which is akin to a “mass exodus.”
The authority also noted that more than 83,000 residency permits were cancelled within two months due to expiration, non-renewal, or workers leaving the country permanently, according to Al-Rai daily.
Gov’t Notes Mass Exodus of Expats Leading to Sharp Decline in Domestic Workers
According to statistics, the number of domestic workers decreased by 84,463 or 11.59 per cent between February and April, meaning that the total number of domestic workers registered with the Ministry of Interior in April was 636,525 compared to 719,988 in February, the Arab Times Online reported.
In a related development, the Department for Regulating the Recruitment of Domestic Workers reported that as of April, the following complaints had been filed: 19 complaints from an employer against an office or company, 95 complaints from a worker against an employer, 162 complaints referred to the judiciary, 115 absconding complaints referred to the judiciary, and 97 complaints from an employer against an office or company.
Since recruitment from the Philippines was halted earlier last year, Kuwaiti recruitment companies are struggling to find domestic helpers.