The government, through the Ministry of Labor, is seeking to simplify the process of securing overseas jobs to help resolve the unemployment crisis in the country.
Labor cabinet secretary Simon Chelugui revealed that the government is finalizing deals with countries in the Middle East to absorb unemployed TBEN.
“Through the National Employment Authority (NEA), we are also in the process of concluding bilateral labor agreements with Bahrain, Oman, Jordan and Kuwait and a skilled workforce for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, ”he explained.
Secretary of the Labor and Social Protection Cabinet, Simon Chelugui speaks at a press conference.
Chelugui added that TBEN should be given the opportunity to migrate, live and work in Canada, Australia, the UK and Poland.
The SC also urged the NEA to explore various ways to help skilled workers and professionals find plenty of overseas employment opportunities and add different destination countries.
Many semi and low skilled TBEN have migrated to the Middle East where they are absorbed into the hospitality, construction, security, transport, cleaning and domestic service industries.
There have, however, been complaints from TBEN getting jobs in the Gulf, many citing poor working conditions and allegations of little help coming from the embassy.
The move is expected to resolve the high rate of unemployment in the country as Kenya is unable to absorb the more than 400,000 young people who enter the labor market each year.
The number of unemployed people has increased dramatically since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in March.
According to data from the Kenya National Beaureu of Stasitics released in August 2020, every company in the modern sector in the country has lost at least 33 jobs on average since the start of the pandemic.
The government is also planning to create a migrant worker protection fund to support TBEN working in foreign countries during an emergency.
The Ministry of Labor is also in the process of creating job centers across the country where people can go physically or digitally to access jobs that deserve their threshold of qualification started.
Job seekers line up on Wabera Street, Nairobi, waiting to be interviewed by Sarova Stanley on May 26, 2018.