14 Feb '18, 5am

Philippines repatriating 10,000 workers from Kuwait amid 'total ban'

KUWAIT CITY: The Philippine foreign affairs department said Monday (Feb 12) authorities were repatriating 10,000 overstaying Filipinos from Kuwait, taking advantage of an amnesty programme arranged with the Kuwaiti government. This follows a "total ban" by Manila on new employment in Kuwait, including Filipinos who had already obtained employment permits but had not yet left for the Gulf country. The measure comes after the body of 29-year-old Joanna Demafelis, a Filipina domestic worker, was found in a freezer in a Kuwaiti flat last week. According to local reports, the body is suspected to have been in the freezer for more than one year. The Philippines foreign undersecretary for migrant workers affairs Sarah Arriola said the government would shoulder the costs for the migrants' airfares and penalties for overstaying their visas, the Inquirer reported. President Rodrigo ...

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