Migration Ban on Work in Kuwait Permanent: Duterte - FreedomUnited.org

Migration Ban on Work in Kuwait Permanent: Duterte

  • Published on
    April 30, 2018
  • News Source Image
  • Category:
    Debt Bondage, Domestic Slavery, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, Law & Policy
Hero Banner

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared that the temporary ban on sending new Filipino workers to Kuwait is now permanent, intensifying the diplomatic rift between the two countries.

In February of this year President Duterte imposed a migration ban on Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) to the Gulf nation after the gruesome discovery of a Filipino domestic worker’s body in her employers’ freezer.

Last week Kuwaiti authorities shot back at the Philippines, expelling its ambassador and embassy staff after videos showing Philippine embassy staff helping abused domestic workers flee their employers’ homes.

This latest move by Duterte now puts into question if the two sides will ever come to an agreement over labor protections for migrant workers.

The Straits Times reports:

The two countries had been negotiating a labour deal that Philippine officials said could result in the lifting of the ban but the escalation in tensions has put the deal in doubt.

“The ban stays permanently. There will be no more recruitment for especially domestic helpers. No more,” Mr Duterte told reporters.

There was no immediate response from Kuwait, where around 262,000 Filipinos are employed – nearly 60 per cent of them as maids, according to the Philippines’ foreign department.

Kuwait also detained four Filipinos hired by the Philippine embassy and issued arrest warrants against three diplomatic personnel.

President Duterte called the treatment of Filipino workers in Kuwait a “calamity” and says he wants to bring home all exploited domestic workers who want to find a way out.

“I would like to address to their patriotism: Come home. No matter how poor we are, we will survive. The economy is doing good and we are short of our workers,” he said.

Duterte added that those who do return from Kuwait could potentially find jobs as English teachers in China, pointing to improved ties with Beijing.

Freedom United is interested in hearing from our community and welcomes relevant, informed comments, advice, and insights that advance the conversation around our campaigns and advocacy. We value inclusivity and respect within our community. To be approved, your comments should be civil.

stop icon A few things we do not tolerate: comments that promote discrimination, prejudice, racism, or xenophobia, as well as personal attacks or profanity. We screen submissions in order to create a space where the entire Freedom United community feels safe to express and exchange thoughtful opinions.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

This week

Will Shein be allowed to raise billions on the U.S. stock exchange?

As Shein confidentially files for a U.S. initial public offering, questions about forced labor in its supply chain resurface, casting a shadow over the much-anticipated public debut. The China-based e-commerce giant, valued at a potential $90 billion, faces scrutiny from lawmakers and activists, reigniting demands for transparency regarding its manufacturing practices. Calls for accountability Critics have long voiced concerns that Shein, known for its

| Wednesday November 29, 2023

Read more