Filipino workers banned from going to Kuwait

Filipino workers banned from going Kuwait:

The mutilated body of Joanna Demafelis was found in Kuwait, where she worked as a housemaid for a Lebanese man and his Syrian wife.

A dispute sparked by complaints of the abuse of Filipina housemaids and workers in Kuwait. Aftre that, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that a ban on Filipino workers from heading to Kuwait is permanent. That ban has been in effect since February 2018.

Filipino workers already in Kuwait may stay in the country if they wish. And the government of the Philippines would assist workers who wish to return home in the Philippines.

Diplomatic crisis between the Philippines and Kuwait?

Joanna Demafelis coffin
Joanna Demafelis coffin arrives from Kuwait at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila on February 16, 2018

Diplomatic tensions between the Philippines and Kuwait spiked in February 2018. That was when the body of a murdered Filipina domestic worker was discovered in a freezer in Kuwait. Her employers, a Lebanese and a Syrian, were subsequently sentenced to death in absentia and are currently held in Lebanon and Syria respectively. About 185 Filipinos working in Kuwait died In 2016 and 2017. Some cases were suspected to be criminal ones.

The two nations relations was good for decades. But it moved close end of their diplomatic. More than 260,000 Filipinos residing in Kuwait are hanging.

The Philippines has exported labour for decades to support its economy. The exporting workers policy showed to be unsustainable. Many Filipinos are exposed to difficult and dangerous working conditions abroad.



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