MP Presented A Proposal To Add One Paragraph To Article 21 On The Residence Of Foreigners
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MP Askar Al-Anazi has presented a proposal to add one paragraph to Article 21 of Amiri Decree number 17/1959 on the residence of foreigners. Article one of the bill stipulates adding a paragraph to the above mentioned decree to read as follows: “A person who harbors a runaway expatriate household worker shall bear the expenses for the latter’s repatriation without prejudice to the rights of the sponsor.”

In the explanatory note of the bill, the lawmaker pointed out that in 1959, Amiri Decree number 17/1959 was promulgated to regulate residency of foreigners; stipulating rules, terms and conditions concerning their stay in the country.

He explained the rising number of household workers escaping from their sponsors to work for others contradicts the decree and it negatively affects sponsors who incur losses particularly since they bear the recruitment and residency costs.

He revealed the bill aims to protect the rights of the sponsors of runaway household workers and for those harboring these workers to bear the repatriation costs without depriving the original sponsors of their rights.

On the other hand, a source quoted Board Chairman of Al-Dura Domestic Workers Recruitment Company Eyad Al-Sumait as saying that the company will take care of all recruitment procedures and refer maids to sponsors at competitive prices. He added the headquarters of the company, which will open in September, will be located in Al-Awadhi Tower along Ahmad Al-Jaber Street, Kuwait City and branches will be opened in cooperative societies to ease procedures for those planning to hire household workers.

He affirmed the company will work hard to reduce the price by half of the current price to be not more than KD 500 to KD 600, depending on the availability of workers and the countries sending domestic helpers to Kuwait. He said the company is obliged to ensure the safety of recruited domestic workers and that they are free from diseases before coming to Kuwait by requiring them to undergo tests in medical centers accredited by the Ministry of Health in their countries of origin.


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