56% of all suicides
in Kuwait in 2013 were committed by domestic workers
of suicides committed in Saudi Arabia in 2013 were committed by non-Saudis.
were reported amongst Indian migrants in the UAE from 2007 to 2013.
Nepali workers have committed suicide in Qatar since 2010.
migrants committed suicide in Bahrain in 2013.
Indian migrants committed suicide in Oman in 2014.
Local media reports often explain away suicides as a result of "family problems" at home. The striking number of suicides amongst the Gulf's low-income migrant workers, and amongst domestic workers in particular, indicates that factors relating to their employment conditions are more likely at work. Aside from abuse and over-work that affects many migrant workers, domestic workers in particular are vulnerable to depression due to their isolation.