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Nepali nationals in Kuwait soar to 107,000

Post-COVID-19, Nepali worker influx in the country doubled in various sectors, particularly in domestic work, construction, security, restaurants, hotels, cleaning, among others

By Raj Malla
Special Correspondent

Nepal and Kuwait have been in a diplomatic relationship for 52 years, starting from the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1972. Over this period, the two nations have signed agreements covering areas such as labor, trade, and economic cooperation.

In 2022, the Embassy of Nepal in Kuwait celebrated its 50th anniversary by organizing events such as blood donation and tourism promotion. Since the end of the Kuwait-Iraq war in 1992, Nepalis have been coming to Kuwait primarily for employment opportunities.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the arrival of Nepali workers, particularly in domestic work, construction, security, restaurants, hotels, cleaning, and other service sectors, has doubled. Employers have praised Nepali workers for being hardworking, sincere, and honest, contributing significantly to the country’s development.

Currently, the number of Nepali nationals in Kuwait has reached 107,000 and continues to increase due to instability and limited job opportunities in Nepal, making Kuwait an important source of employment for Nepalis. The substantial remittances that Nepali workers send home help support their families and the local economy in Nepal.

The Embassy of Nepal in Kuwait, established in 2009, has played a key role in safeguarding the interests and welfare of workers while fostering diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The embassy offers consular services to Nepalese citizens, including passport and visa processing, legal aid, and other document-related assistance. Nepali workers in Kuwait strive to safeguard the rights of their fellow citizens by collaborating with local authorities and employers.

As the Nepali community in Kuwait continues to grow, it is natural for social activities to increase within the society. Approximately 75 Nepali organizations have been established, focusing on sports, caste, religion, and faith. These organizations aim to protect the rights of Nepali workers, organize cultural and religious events, and provide various forms of assistance and services. They also collect support and contribute to the relief efforts during natural disasters in Nepal.

Nepali journalists in Kuwait are rare, but some contribute their reporting skills driven by their passion for journalism and the desire to connect with the community. Updates are often disseminated through social media platforms.

As the number of Nepali workers in Kuwait increases, there have been reports of citizens engaging in illegal activities and serious crimes like narcotics, drugs, and human trafficking, which are prohibited by law. Such actions tarnish the reputation of the Nepali community and discredit the name of Dashain. Nepali nationals are urged to maintain honesty and a strong work ethic and avoid involvement in such activities.

While remaining vigilant to avoid legal issues and protect their rights by abiding by local laws, the Nepali embassy and local Nepali organizations will continue to offer accurate information and counseling to their nationals. This approach will help Nepali workers uphold a positive image of Nepal among the various communities in Kuwait.

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