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Gov’t to Protect Kenyans Working in Foreign Nations from Abuse

Peter Musila 2 years ago

The government of Kenya has its efforts on finding an ultimate solution towards protecting Kenyan citizens working abroad especially those in Gulf countries.

According to the Cabinet Secretary for Labour, Ukur Yatani, the government seeks to sign bilateral agreements with key labour destinations for Kenya.

Besides, the government will ensure that they do vetting of the firms involved in recruiting Kenyans for foreign jobs, in a bid to curb rogue companies which recruit employees who end up being abused in the Gulf nations.

The CS added that the government, through the parliament, is working to put in place a Labor Migration Policy and a Labor Migration Management Bill that will seek to solve the issues previously raised in regards to working relations while in foreign nations after many cases of abuse having been reported.

“Some Kenyans seeking employment abroad and those already working there sometimes face challenges,” notes Yatani.

“To address this, the government has put in place measures from signing of bilateral labor agreements with key labor destination countries, vetting of all local private employment recruitment agencies by an inter-ministerial committee in addition to the posting of labor attaches.”

Kenyans working and living in diaspora contribute significantly to the country’s growing economy and hence the need for their protection.

“The over four million Kenyans in diaspora provide immense human and capital resources in the form of remittances, knowledge, skills, and technology transfers.”

“Last year alone, the inward formal annual remittance stood at Sh270 billion,” Yatani asserts.

About 100,000 Kenyans are believed to be currently working in Gulf countries, but the exact figure could be higher.

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