Kuwait suspends Work Entry visas for Filipinos
Kuwait suspends work, entry visas to Filipinos on Tuesday after the Asian nation allegedly violated a bilateral labor deal with the state, according to a source from the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior cited by the local media.
The report said that Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, the interior minister, had ordered the suspension because the Philippines had broken the terms of the bilateral labor agreement. Read : Termination of 1,815 expat teachers in Kuwait after Kuwaitization of several professions
– According to the sources, the decision was made because “Philippines has violated the terms and provisions of the labor agreement,” and it intends to impose state sovereignty.
– As of late Tuesday, the Kuwaiti authorities have not yet notified the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait of any such decision (Kuwait suspends work entry visas for Filipinos).
– Following the horrifying murder of a 35-year-old Filipina maid by a Kuwaiti teenager, the Philippines stopped sending new workers, particularly domestic servants, to Kuwait in February. The 17-year-old son of Jullebee Ranara’s employer was taken into custody by authorities after her body was discovered in the desert. See Also : All GCC resident expats can now apply for Saudi Tourist visa
– Philippine labor officials announced in February that they intended to negotiate with Kuwait to reevaluate the labor agreement that the two nations had signed in 2018. Following accusations of growing mistreatment of Filipino employees, particularly domestic workers in Kuwait, the agreement was struck. Kuwait is home to 268,000 Filipinos who work and reside there.
– As foreigners make up two-thirds of Kuwait’s population, the Kuwait Progressive Movement strongly opposed what it called the exploitation of foreign workers there and asked authorities not to single them out for criticism for the country’s unbalanced demographic structure.
– The Cabinet announced late Monday the formation of a national committee to regulate the population in the country, primarily to minimize the number of expats. The socialist movement responded with a statement rejecting the announcement. Viewable Story : Countries with highest percentage of Expats in its population
– According to the statement, “the discriminatory proposition that holds expats accountable for the demographic imbalance, which was caused by a number of factors, including visa trade and recruitment of foreign workers because their wages are much lower,” is untrue.
– According to the movement, foreign employees are subject to a number of discriminatory practices, including low salary, delayed or unpaid wages, lengthy working hours, passport seizures, and others.
– It denounced the kafala system, also known as sponsorship, and compared it to slavery because it binds foreign workers forcibly to their employers. Join Saudi Expatriates channel on Telegram