The number of Filipino expats in Kuwait dropped by around 23,000 in nine months, according to statistics by the central statistics department.
Sources analyzing the situation said the reason may be related to the crisis over domestic helpers that flared up last year. The number of Filipinas dropped from 161,500 at the end of 2017 to 138,500 by the end of the third quarter of last year.
The total number of Filipinos of both genders dropped during the same period from 243,400 to 216,200, ie 27,000 (12%), who left the country in nine months. The percentage of females in the total Filipinos who left the country is 86%. Filipinos form the fourth-largest nationality among expat workers after Indians (889,000), Egyptians (484,000) and Bangladeshis (271,000).
Statistics showed the total number of domestic helpers at the end of the third quarter of 2018 was 689,000, an increase of nearly 9,000 compared to the end of 2017, distributed equally between males and females. Four nationalities – Indian, Filipino, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan – comprise 89% of the total domestic help and private sector workers.