Kuwait to deport thousands of foreigners linked with 200 bogus companies

April 21, 2010
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Kuwait will in the next ten days deport thousands of foreigners, mainly Egyptians, after the authorities discovered that they were registered with bogus companies.

“These expatriates have no legal status and their stay here is illegal since their companies do not exist,” sources told Al Dar daily. “The ministries of labour and interior are now coordinating their efforts to tackle the issue and deport the expatriates.”

The employees from both ministries who helped with the processing of the forged documents will be disciplined and legal action will be taken against the owners of the bogus companies, the unnamed sources said.

Thousands of foreigners, mainly unskilled labourers, are abused by traffickers in visas who bring them for a fee into the country and let them loose without offering them work, food or shelter.

The marginal “workers” do not have a legal status and take up menial jobs to survive while avoiding police checks that would end their stay in the country.

Last year, Kuwait said that it was deporting thousands of workers staying illegally in the country as part of a drive to do away with trafficking in people and reforming the labour market.

This week, the social and labour minister said that the government was moving ahead with its labour market reforms and that it would not be deterred by vicious and malign campaigns launched by people who were making huge profits by trafficking in visas and people.

Last June, Kuwaiti security issued a warrant against a man who had 25 commercial licenses for companies that allegedly employed dozens of marginal workers. The police discovered that he had 11 bogus companies registered under the name of his mother who said that she was shocked to learn about the situation.

A committee formed by the government to look into trafficking in visas said that some of the bogus companies were owned by GCC citizens.

 

         

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