Around 10,000 Indian workers, most of them belonging to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, were arrested by Kuwait security forces over the last few days. Women too were taken into custody It is believed that the oil crisis in Kuwait forced the local authorities to crack down on illegal immigrants.
Around 17,000 Indian workers went to Kuwait in search of a livelihood and were working in private firms there. A large number of women were working as house maids, some of them not possessing a visa nor work permit. Workers in Kuwait hail also from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines and Egypt and illegal immigrants from these countries have also been arrested since last November.
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