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Kuwait begins 'massive' deportation campaign

On April 3, 2019

Security sources told Arab Times Online that Kuwait will launch a large-scale detention and deportation campaign on an estimated 120,000 irregular migrants.

Thousands of migrants have already been arrested in the past six months, in what officials say is a crackdown on visa traders and fake companies.  Significant irregularities in the farming sector and 15 cases of human trafficking have been uncovered so far. Kuwait's Directorate-General of Residence Affairs stated that expats brought in under fake companies --  at least 10,000 of whom were brought in by just six Kuwaiti owners - would not be deported.

According to statistics released earlier this year, domestic workers make up the largest portion of undocumented workers.