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22 Jan 2020

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Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Kenya: Govt. official says weak regulatory regime to blame for exploitation of migrant workers, including by employment agencies

"State to harmonise laws to protect labour migrants"

The government is working to ensure that labour migration laws are harmonised to protect those seeking opportunities abroad. Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui says there are many statutes governing labour migration which have created loopholes for Kenyans seeking employment mainly in domestic work to be exploited. The CS was speaking Monday during the Regional Ministerial forum on Harmonizing Labour Migration Policies in East and Horn of Africa held in Nairobi to dialogue on forging a common approach towards safe, orderly and human labour migration in East and Horn of Africa...

elugui blamed the shortcoming in the labour migration laws which have allowed cartels take advantage to traffic unsuspecting Kenyans. To ensure that going forward no Kenyans are lured to false promises, Chelugui says the government will initiate thorough vetting of employment bureaus to weed out rogue individuals. He said the implementation of various frameworks on free movement put in place by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development and East African Community and the Global Compact for Migration among others will enhance regional integration on migrants.