The Philippine government has sent a rescue team to Kuwait to rescue distressed Filipino domestic workers. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait and a rescue team from the Office of Migrant Workers Affairs (OMWA) were working to repatriate about 200 Filipinos who had asked the embassy for help, the Manila Bulletin reported.
“Our teams have been rescuing from six to seven distressed Filipino domestic workers every day,” a spokesman for the DFA said.
Raul Dado, the executive director of OMWA, said his organization had rescued more than 60 domestic workers since their arrival on April 7. The DFA is urging Filipinos in Kuwait to take advantage of an amnesty before it ends on April 22 as they fear there will be a crackdown on foreigners staying illegally after it ends.
According to the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, there are about 10,000 Filipino workers in the country illegally, but only 5,500 have applied for amnesty and repatriation.