At least 714 Nepali migrants have been deported from Kuwait in the last three months for non-compliance with the residence and labour laws. Out of them, 461 housemaids were arrested for illegally working in the desert kingdom.
Nepali envoy to Kuwait Yagya Bahadur Hamal has said that travel documents for those who did not have passport have been issued. "We have handed over travel documents to police for their safe repatriation," the Kathmandu Post quoted him as saying.
He informed that the embassy had issued 333 travel documents in January, 256 in February and 124 in March. The Kuwaiti Government had in January announced partial amnesty to illegal migrant workers living in the country, which meant paying a fine up to Rs 200,000.
After the announcement, Kuwaiti police began a crackdown on illegal migrant workers. Meanwhile, Interior Ministry official Adel al-Hashas said that an illegal worker should pay 2 to 600 Kuwaiti dinars (1KWD=Rs353) per day to get partial amnesty.
"If arrested, the workers will be deported from Kuwait for good," said al-Hashas. He added that deported ones on pardon can return to the country in future.
According to the ministry, around 5,000 migrants workers have been arrested and placed in deportation process.