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‘Kuwait could deport 11,000 expats’

From today’s Arab Times

‘Kuwait could deport 11,000 expats’

KUWAIT CITY, March 10: Kuwait will deport 11,000 expatriate workers after the issuance of a decision to close files of sponsors involved in human trafficking and establishment of illusory companies, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting a reliable source from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. According to the source, the ministry has prepared a comprehensive report about the human trafficking cases in Kuwait, ahead of the US State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which will be released by the middle of this year.

The report states that Kuwait is bent on clearing its name over human trafficking accusations. It highlighted negative comments about Kuwait, which include the absence of a law to incriminate those involved in human trafficking and incompetence of personnel in charge of human trafficking victims. This has prompted the ministry to coordinate with its justice counterpart and other relevant government authorities to lay down a draft bill to curb human trafficking and people smuggling. The draft bill has been finalized and referred to the Cabinet, which will pave the way for its submission to the National Assembly for voting. Both ministries are also exerting efforts to establish a higher authority to support the expatriate workers.

Despite claims that Kuwait has taken positive steps to remove its name from the TIP watch list, Kuwait received a letter from the charge d’ affaires of the American Embassy in Kuwait mid-last year, warning that the country might retain its ranking in the watch list if it fails to take the necessary measures to curb human trafficking, and provide training to the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor employees on how to deal with the victims of human trafficking.

The reports also mentioned the establishment of a shelter in Kheitan for expatriates who run away from their sponsors, indicating several international and Arab delegations visited and praised the center, but they all demanded for more procedures. In response to such demands, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor asked its education counterpart to provide more schools as temporary shelters for the expatriate workers, as well as its finance counterpart to allocate the required budget for the construction of shelters in various governorates.

Meanwhile, the report has also underscored the fact that the employees assigned at the shelter have undergone various training courses at Johns Hopkins University in the US, in addition to a workshop conducted under the supervision of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which was held in Bahrain several months ago. The report has also confirmed that the human trafficking victims have been provided with the necessary services, such as psychological and medical services, through an integrated team, consisting of representatives from the concerned ministries.

March 11, 2009 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Political Issues, Social Issues

9 Comments »

  1. Wow. Isn’t it great that the workers at the ABUSED laborer’s shelter (housing what – 50 people?) get to attend courses at Johns Hopkins IN THE US, so they know what to do and how to correctly treat someone who has been the victim of human trafficing? That’s really neat for the Kuwaiti employees! A boondoggle to Baltimore! How much did THAT cost the Kuwaiti government (when they could be giving the money to the laborers)? How much would it cost to fly several instructors HERE to conduct courses where many more Kuwaitis could have benefited?

    When will the hand-(penis) shaking, picture-taking BS end and the real committment begin?

    Comment by OMG | March 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. you’re a moron. no where does it say that employees get sent to study at john hopkins, but rather that employees who were hired for the task did study at JH.

    Comment by d | March 11, 2009 | Reply

  3. OMG – It might be that the employees were give a grant by the US Government – this sometimes happens – to encourage their participation and to give them useful training. It might not have cost Kuwait much – if anything.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 11, 2009 | Reply

  4. 1. Yes to the set up of adequate shelters with qualified staff and counseling for expatriates seeking help from abusive employers

    2. Yes to more stringent visa laws and quotas on the kind of expatriate employees allowed into Kuwait.

    3. Yes to the expulsion of expatriates who have no jobs and who have legal visas in Kuwait.

    4. Yes to prosecuting all those involved in human trafficking, locally and internationally (often from the abused expatriate’s own country)

    5. Yes to the US bearing down on international human trafficking.

    6. A suggestion that the US involve itself in the repatriation and perhaps the taking-in of the abused people, offering them better opportunities in the land of milk and honey.

    Comment by Jewaira | March 11, 2009 | Reply

  5. Suggestion number 3:
    that should be “no legal visas to stay in Kuwait”

    Comment by Jewaira | March 11, 2009 | Reply

  6. I agree, Jewaira. There are a lot of people here illegally.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 11, 2009 | Reply

  7. Deport 11,000 expats? We still have 489,000 that need to go. Even their sponsors should be deported for what they’ve done. 7aram wala.

    Comment by Durabul | March 12, 2009 | Reply

  8. LOL – that’s the truth, Durabul. From the street cleaner to the high level consultants, we are all guest laborors if we are not Kuwaiti.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 12, 2009 | Reply

  9. see this blog and justify its claims

    http://q8haiasi.blogspot.com/

    Comment by mariam | May 13, 2009 | Reply


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