About 100 Filipinos have been repatriated from Kuwait after facing severe abuse and exploitation at the hands of their employers, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) announced on Saturday. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) were repatriated with the help of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration and the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking. The returnees landed Friday morning at Terminal 3 of Ninoy Aquino International Airport on a Gulf Air flight from Kuwait. The BI noted that the most common reasons given by Filipinos for returning home were mistreatment by their employers, improper documentation, poor working conditions, breach of contract, delayed pay and pregnancy. Due to the series of abusive cases against OFWs in Kuwait, the Department of Migrant Workers banned new Filipino domestic workers from working in Kuwait last May. The total number of OFWs repatriated from Kuwait has reached over 800 this year. —Jacob Lazaro
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