The total number of domestic workers employed in Kuwait increased from 5,83,000 at the end of 2021 to 8,11,000 in October. Basam Alshammari, an expert on domestic workers, explained to Alrai that the increase in recruitment is due to the increased demand for domestic workers in the country.
India is far ahead in the number of foreigners working in the domestic sector in the country. 3,61,222 domestic workers from India are working in Kuwait. 71.3 percent of them are male and 28.7 percent are female. Indians have 1,60,000 more than the Philippines, which is second on the list.
Despite the recruitment ban, domestic workers from the Philippines remain the second largest group in Kuwait. A total of 201,000 people are employed. 99.4 percent of domestic workers from the Philippines are women. Men from India make up 71.3 percent while men from the Philippines make up only 0.6 percent.
Sri Lanka has the third highest number of domestic workers. As of last October, there are 103,685 Sri Lankan workers in the country. 79.4 percent of them are women. 20.6 percent are men.
Of the 85,989 Bangladeshi workers, 99 percent are men. 25,540 (4.7 percent male, 95.3 percent female) from Nepal and 11,684 (8.2 percent male, 91.8 percent female) from Ethiopia are employed in the domestic sector in Kuwait.
Nine domestic worker recruitment service offices were recently closed down by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior for operating without permits. Kuwait has stepped up measures to legalize the labor sector as per the directive of the Minister of Interior. Deportation of illegal workers is ongoing with the cooperation of security department and labor ministry officials. 3,848 people were deported last August and 3,837 in September.
The population of Kuwait is 46 lakhs. 34 lakh expatriates live in the country. Although the administration is making efforts to hire as many natives as possible in the government sector and strengthen indigenization by bringing less dependence on foreigners in the private sector, the figures show that there has been no reduction in the recruitment of foreign workers.
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