Kuwait supports IOM, donates USD 500,000
Kuwait - Kuwait has donated USD 500,000 to IOM to support its work in the Gulf State and abroad.
The annual contribution reflects the importance that Kuwait attributes to temporary contractual labour management, due to the vast number of overseas contract workers, mainly from South and South East Asia, whom it hosts.
Foreign labourers currently account for some 40 per cent of the population and are predominantly employed in the country’s construction and service sectors.
The Government of Kuwait has made considerable progress in labour mobility management, enhancing the protection of foreign labour human rights and actively working to combat human trafficking.
IOM Kuwait works to foster enhanced dialogue between relevant government entities in Kuwait and in foreign labourers’ countries of origin.
IOM also provides technical expertise in programmatic areas, including through a recent workshop on management of temporary contractual labour for government and civil society representatives.
Building on a series of previous trainings, IOM is also working to strengthen the capacity of relevant national Kuwait agencies tasked with the protection of victims of trafficking, including staff of a government-run shelter for foreign victims of trafficking and labour abuse.
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