Kuwait is a country in Western Asia. Situated in the northern edge of Eastern Arabia at the tip of the Persian Gulf it shares borders with Iraq and Saudi Arabia. As of 2016 Kuwait has a population of 4.2 million people 1.3 million are Kuwaitis and 2.9 million are expatriates. Expatriates account for 70% of the population. Nepalis in Kuwait consist mainly of migrants from Nepal to Kuwait mostly migrant workers and domestic maids. A growing number of Nepalese workers are joining the hundreds of thousands of other South Asian expatriates in the oil-rich Gulf state as they are promised high monthly wages by recruiters in Nepal.
More than 33,000 of around 40,000 Nepalis working in Kuwait are domestic helpers and most of them are working as house maids. For Nepalese women working in Kuwait can be even more hazardous than for the men. Due to past cases of abuse the Nepalese government forbids them from working there as housemaids. While many succeed in earning the high salaries of their dreams many more fall victim to physical and [email protected] abuse. Many of these women show up at the Nepalese embassy in Kuwait bearing clear signs of [email protected] assault claiming that their former employers owe them payment and describing inhumane and illegal working conditions. However despite the frequency of these claims families are rarely investigated by the authorities. More often than not the women are simply sent back to Nepal where the cycle of trafficking can begin again.