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7 Apr 2024

Mathews Ndanyi, The Star (Kenya)

Kenya: Govt. says it has banned 500+ migrant worker recruitment agencies linked to fraudulent activity

"State blacklists over 500 hiring agencies linked foreign job scams,"

The government has blacklisted more than 500 private recruitment agencies who were allegedly involved in fleecing Kenyans seeking jobs abroad.

Labour Principal Secretary Shadrack Mwadime says the ministry has stepped up vetting of all the private recruitment agencies, which were more than 1,000 initially, but have now been reduced to 500...

He said the government would create the necessary environment to help entrepreneurs invest in more industries and create job opportunities for more than one million people who graduate annually, yet the economy can only absorb about 200,000 of them.

Mwadime said the government also has a deliberate plan to export labour to foreign countries, where there were many job opportunities for the youth.

“We are not are not encouraging the youth to migrate permanently, but to go there for a short time, work and invest back in the country,” he said. 

Last year, he said, diaspora remittances to Kenya grew to Sh663 billion, and in terms of foreign exchange, the remittances surpassed traditional cash crop earners like tea, coffee and even tourism...