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Nepal worried about migrant workers in Kuwait

  

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"If the Kuwaiti agencies employ Nepali citizen(s) then it we would be easier for us to deal with them"

KATHMANDU: Nepal has requested the Kuwaiti government to introduce a new system to check the flux of illegal migrant workers from Nepal to the Gulf country.

The Nepali Embassy in Kuwait requested the government there to set a mandatory provision for the human resource agencies supplying the domestic workers from Nepal to recruit at least one Nepali as their staffer. “If the Kuwaiti agencies employ Nepali citizen(s) then it we would be easier for us to deal with them regarding the state of other workers,” Nepali Ambassador to Kuwait Madhuban Paudel told THT Online in an email conversation.

The Embassy has asked the Kuwaiti government not to issue visa to the ones going through the agencies that fail to meet the provision.

Though Nepal bans supply of Nepali manpower in Kuwait for domestic work, thousands of people make it to the Gulf country through back-channel. Many of them are smuggled to Kuwait via India and some from other South Asian countries without the Nepal government’s knowledge.

According to Ambassador Paudel, most of the agencies engaged in supplying workers from Nepal are not responding to the Embassy. He said the rescue operation of the Nepalis who are not in official record is easier said than done. “We hope that the new provision will be useful in overcoming the difficulties,” he added.

Prior to make the formal request on Sunday, the Embassy had held several rounds of meetings with the Kuwaiti officials to discuss the plight of Nepali workers.

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