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Kuwait government committed to protecting foreign workers
February 13, 2016, 5:37 pm

The government of Kuwait is committed to protecting foreign run-away workers by upgrading the capacity of employees working in the shelter set up specifically for domestic workers. By working closely with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) the government aims to be able to achieve best practices used in other shelters around the world.

Speaking exclusively to The Times Kuwait, Mohammed El Zarkani, IOM program manager for GCC praised the Kuwait government for having such a good protection institution that previously did not exist and for their help in combatting human trafficking.

The shelter, located in Jleeb Al Shuyouk, has a maximum capacity to house 500 female runway maids and presently has about 350 women housed there. Along with IOM, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are helping in building the capacity of Kuwait’s Public Authority of Manpower to deal with these issues, apply standard operating best practices and rehabilitate the workers.

Zarkani pointed out that human trafficking is part of a larger issue that can begin from the home country of the worker, but stated that the government of Kuwait takes full responsibility in helping to rehabilitate the victim, as well as cooperates with international agencies for long-term solution to this problem.

Zarkani emphasised that Kuwait was the only GCC country in the region that has such a protection mechanism that not only protects runaway maids in Kuwait but even goes further by supporting IOM actively in sustainable voluntary return solutions, which includes reintegrating and rehabilitating the maids once they return back home.

Kuwait is implementing international standards in victim protection and there is an understanding that important institutions and mechanisms need to be put in place and that is why IOM is collaborating in sharing knowledge and experiences in creating such mechanisms and institutions said Zarkani.

The training course conducted for the first batch concluded last month and the participants were felicitated on completion of the course at an event held at the UN house.

- Staff Report

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