Kuwait’s Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Jarallah ensures that the rights of expatriate workers in the country are well-protected.
By giving suitable conditions, Khaled thinks that this will lead to the country’s numerous developments as expat workers are known to play a vital role in Kuwait’s economic development.
He added that the Gulf country is implementing a vast number of laws and legislation particularly dealing with the welfare of expats. They are also willing to modify existing laws to provide a better justice system to expats works and their rights as well.
Currently, the number of expatriates in Kuwait reaches 3.3 million, 700,000 of which are working as domestic helpers. Compared to the 1.4 million Kuwaiti citizens, expats take a higher number in the population, thus, their welfare should also be prioritized.
Meanwhile, there are proposals from the parliament to reduce the number of expats in Kuwait and impose higher taxes on them, particularly on the remittances they send to their home countries.
Over the past years, a certain website named Kuwait as the worst destination for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) particularly those who are working as domestic helpers. To curb the growing number of bad-treated OFWs, the Philippine government imposed a total deployment ban last year which was only lifted after a memorandum of agreement (MOU) in protecting the rights of Filipino workers was signed by both countries.