Kuwait has reportedly imposed a ban on the recruitment of Bangladeshis to work in the northern Arabian Gulf state, according to report of Gulf News published on Monday.
Kuwaiti interior minister Shaikh Khalid Al Jarrah has ordered the ban citing a security source and asked the interior ministry to apply it, the Gulf News quoted Kuwaiti daily Al Jareeda.
The report, quoting source, attributed the decision to irregularities and abuses by traffickers in work and residency permits for Bangladeshis whose numbers increased remarkably following the recent lifting of a ban on their recruitment.
Despite several attempts New Age could not reach labour wing at Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait.
Expatriates welfare and overseas employment ministry joint secretary (mission) Nasneen Jahan said that they were not informed about the fresh ban.
According to the report, the abuses were mainly related to the employment of domestic helps despite the existence of strict regulations, security agencies said in reports that triggered the ban.
Some Bangladeshis are recruited to work in the Arabian Gulf countries through a complex process that involves private agents and brokers and results at times in recruitment malpractices and deceptions.
Kuwait stopped recruiting Bangladeshi workers in 2007 after detecting irregularities in their recruitment and their involvement in illegal activities, the reports said.
In 2014, Kuwait decided to lift the ban and allow Bangladeshis to work in the country.
In May 2016, Kuwait imposed a ban on male domestic helps following security reports that there were irregularities.
Conditions put forth by the Kuwaiti government included that ‘each Kuwaiti citizen can bring only one male helper and must not already have one from the same nationality.’
The employer must also own a house in Kuwait.
The number of Bangladeshis in Kuwait in 2016 was 2,00,000.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Foreign affairs