Nepal to shut down shelter for migrants in kuwait

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 7, 2015-

The Nepali embassy in Kuwait is shutting down its shelter that has been offering refuge to migrant workers in times of trouble.

The embassy announced its decision through a statement on Tuesday. It said that the workers who are in need of shelter would now be referred to the Expatriate Lodging Centre, recently opened by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Social Welfare and Labour.

The centre would provide food, shelter as well as health care, the embassy said.

Currently, there are 54 women living in the shelter run by the Nepali mission.

Most of them had fled from their employers after suffering from physical and financial exploitation.

The embassy said it was preparing to shift the women to the centre before repatriating them in coordination with the Kuwaiti government. Countries like Sri Lanka, India and Philippines have already relocated their people to the centre.

The number of migrant workers seeking refuge has declined ever since the government banned women from visiting the Middle East for employment, the embassy said.

It has also urged the government not to lift the ban until the labour receiving countries agree to sign separate labour agreement to ensure the rights and safety of migrant workers.

Published: 08-04-2015 08:45

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