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New law in Kuwait permits domestic worker transfers under same sponsor

Domestic workers in Kuwait are now allowed to transfer to the private sector under the same sponsor, or his first degree relatives, according to latest regulation by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour.

Earlier, they were allowed to transfer only to the same sponsor's firm.

The Minister of Social Affairs, Labour and Communications, Salem Al-Utheina, had passed the decision, before resignation of the government.

According to sources, this gives the liberty to thousands of domestic labourers in Kuwait to work in private firms, under the condition that they remain under the same sponsor or his first degree relatives.

Such a measure was taken by the Minister, to cover the shortage of manpower in some private companies, without having to recruit additional workers from outside.

The Former Minister, Lt. Gen. Ahmad Al-Rujeib had earlier issued decision number 218/2012, permitting domestic labourers to transfer to private sector, but only for those entering country before 1st May 2012, under the condition that they remain under the same sponsor.

Al-Utheina has also be quoted as saying that the former Minister's decision is effective from 1st June 2012, while the domestic workers can complete transfer procedures to the private sector until 30th November 2012.

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