Kuwait has imposed a ban on recruiting Bangladeshis to work in the Persian Gulf state.
Kuwait's Interior Minister Shaikh Khalid Al Jarrah has ordered the ban and asked the interior ministry to apply it, reported Gulf News on Monday quoting the Kuwaiti daily Al Jareeda.
The decision stems from irregularities and abuses by traffickers as well as an excess of work and residency permits for Bangladeshis whose numbers have increased remarkably following the recent lifting of a ban on their recruitment, the daily reported citing a trusted source.
According to security agency reports that triggered the ban, the abuses were mainly related to the employment of domestic helpers despite the existence of strict regulations.
Kuwait started hiring Bangladeshi workers in 1976 and until 2007, around 480,000 workers were recruited according to the Bangladesh Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training.
However, Kuwait stopped recruiting Bangladeshi workers in 2007 after detecting irregularities in their recruitment along with their involvement in illegal activities, the reports said.
In 2014, Kuwait decided to lift the ban and allow Bangladeshis to work in the Gulf country, but in May 2016 Kuwait imposed a ban on male domestic helpers following security reports that there were irregularities.