A report issued by the Kuwait Society for Human Rights said that the Kuwaiti labor market lost 253233 (Two Hundred Fifty-Three Thousand Two Hundred and Thirty-Three) migrant workers in Kuwait during the period from June 2020 to June 2021.
The most prominent share of this loss was from the private sector, where it lost 205050 (Two Hundred Five Thousand Fifty) migrant workers, and the domestic sector witnessed a loss of 41202 (Forty-One Thousand Two Hundred and Two) workers, while the government sector lost 6981 (Six Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighty-One) workers.
The report, which monitors the events of the third quarter of the current year 2021, “July, August, September”, said that during the five months from March to last August, government establishments terminated the services of 2089 migrant workers, while in contrast, 10780 Kuwaiti employees were appointed during the same period.
The report referred to the services that the Kuwait Society for Human Rights provided during the third quarter, as it provided 999 legal consultations in five different languages, and 71 cases of psychological and social support for 51 women and 20 men, while it intervened in 69 cases of dispute arising between workers and employers, including 51 cases for female complainants and 20 cases for male complainants. The Society was able to solve 48 cases amicably, while it referred 21 cases to Labor Courts.
The report monitored the positive and negative changes in the workers’ file during the three-month period. It also presented the trends of public opinion regarding the workers’ file in the private and domestic sectors and the accompanying media coverage.
Further to similar recommendations, the report recommended abolishing the Kafala system and replacing it with a system that safeguards rights for all. It also recommended canceling the administrative deportation, activating the role of the judiciary, making it the competent authority in adjudicating the deportation, and providing the necessary guarantees such as the right to Appeal.
It is noteworthy that the issuance of the report comes within the activities of the "Together" Project, which is being implemented by the Kuwait Society for Human Rights, in cooperation with the US-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).