A specialist in domestic labor affairs, Bassam Al-Shammari, said “the phenomenon of domestic workers taking shelter in the embassies of their respective countries threatens the reputation of Kuwait at the international level.

He was particularly critical of the decision by some countries – one such country is the Philippines – to send a ‘special’ plane to bring back home Filipinos who are sheltered under its protection.

Al-Shammari told Al-Jarida “the Filipino side decided to send a plane to evacuate some workers sheltering in the embassy on the Sept 29, 2021. He called this a serious indication that will severely damage the labor market in general and the domestic market in particular.”

He said most of these are labor disputes between these workers and their employers that have to be resolved amicably, since most of these ‘runaways’ have either refused to work due to several reasons or have just abandoned their employers.

He stressed that “this phenomenon is one of the most important reasons for making Kuwait a country that expels migrant workers in general and domestic workers in particular, especially in light of images of these workers taking inside their embassy shelters being published in the social media.”

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