Saudi's maid 'crisis' continues as Mauritania stops flow of outgoing workers
Last month Indonesia announced a recall of some 700,000 workers from Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
Six months into the start of recruitment of domestic workers from Mauritania, the government in Nouakchott has banned sending its workers to the Kingdom due to pressure from a number of internal parties on the government.
While nearly 1,000 household workers have arrived in the Kingdom from Mauritania since the start of the recruitment process in March, Nouakchott authorities have started stopping workers at the airport and seizing their passports to preventing them from traveling to the Kingdom.
According to a source at the Saudi Embassy in Nouakchott, some parties in Mauritania have been pressuring the government to stop sending female household workers to the Kingdom, making the ban an internal affair in Mauritania.
Meanwhile, a source at a recruitment office said Mauritanian authorities approached recruitment offices in end-August, asking them to stop receiving applications from Saudi agencies.
Sources say unlicensed offices in Mauritania are still receiving requests from offices in the Kingdom. However, the lack of compliance by these offices prompted Mauritanian authorities to take additional measures in mid-September to prevent the travel of domestic workers from the airport.
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