There mixed signals from Government officials amid a public outcry on workers in the gulf country of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the middle East both in terms of population and size. The vast country is known for taking in Immigrant workers from African and Asian countries.
The immigrant workers leave their home countries to work in the oil rich country. The population of immigrant workers in the country represents over a quarter of its entire population. However, The gulf country has not been in the main stream media for good deeds. There is substantiated claims especially among House helps that they are mistreated and even beaten by their employers.
The house-helps tell of dark tales that they undergo under the hands of their would be masters. With a lot of unemployment among African countries,Young ladies and women are forced to leave the comfort of their homes in search for green pastures. However,the grass is not always green as quite a number of the women take to social media to protest the inhumane treatment they get from their masters.
All this aside, Saudi Arabia is providing jobs to a lot of immigrants in different sectors of their economy. According to the Foreign Affairs PS, There are about 100,000 Kenyans who are currently working in the Gulf country. The PS went further to quote statics from the Central Bank indicating that Saudi has become a very important part of our Foreign Remittances.
Kenyans working in Saudi sent home a little over 24 billion shillings. This makes Saudi the third largest source of foreign remittances for Kenya. The country is in track to overtake the UK which remits over 25 billion. The government between a hard place and a rock as the money remitted back home forms a very big part of our Foreign exchange.
For now Kenyans will have to wait to see what the government is going to do to remedy the workers abuse problem.