Kenyan Workers bound for Middle East to face better conditions under new government rules

By Thuothuo Anthony -Jamhuri News

Kenyan women in Sausi Arabia

The Kenyan government has adopted new rules and measures to curb the mistreatment of Kenyan workers in Gulf countries. Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie said Wednesday that her ministry will from now on, make sure that employment agencies are rigorously vetted and that they possess all required licenses.

She went ahead to say that Kenyans planning to immigrate to the Middle East will be trained and connected with labor staff in three Middle Eastern countries frequented by Kenyans. The labor staff will then work with the immigrants in helping them settle.

The government has currently registered 2o members of the Association of Skilled Migrant Agencies of Kenya as agents, and will soon make their names public for easier access to reliable and accredited agents when relocating to the Middle East for work.

The new policy takes effect in a few weeks and will lift the current ban on domestic workers traveling to the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.

These new measures are expected to reduce cases of mistreatment of domestic workers as agents will be able to take the workers back to Kenya without a problem should there be a need.