More than half of domestic workers’ recruitment offices closed in past year due to cancelled licences or increased expenses that have not been covered.
Kuwait , Kuwait
21 March 2021, 12:00 AM
31 March 2021, 12:00 AM
Out of the 470 domestic workers’ recruitment offices in Kuwait, 300 have closed down in past year. Many shut down due to cancelled licence or because they were unable to cover expenses.
Recruitment offices have been struggling since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as they are unable to bring in domestic workers due to travel restrictions and visa halts.
During a meeting with the Philippines embassy a few days ago, only 197 recruitment offices took part in the virtual meeting, indicating that around 100 offices closed as their licences had been cancelled and around 200 offices were unable to pay their expenses.
During a protest by the owners of domestic workers’ recruitment firms in October, the group announced they had lost around 6.7 million Kuwaiti dinars since the beginning of the pandemic.
They also said that there are large numbers of domestic workers with expired visas who are unable to return to their home country and are stuck in Kuwait.