The Kuwait government is to deport nearly 1,000 Sri Lankans staying in the country illegally, Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau announced today.
L. K. Ruhunuge, additional general manager of the Bureau said that the government of Kuwait has already allocated funds for the deportation process of those Sri Lankans.
Most of them are illegal migrant workers who are residing in Kuwait, he added.
Those Sri Lankans are to arrive in the island in the coming weeks, the Foreign Employment Bureau said.
Including those Sri Lankans Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior will deport nearly 17,000 illegal workers belonging to 22 nationalities by the end of the year. Most of the deportees are from Bangladesh and India.
According to the officials in the Kuwaiti Ministry this would be the largest deportation process in any year since the liberation of Kuwait in 1991.