Kuwait City, Kuwait
Amnesty extended: Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior has extended an amnesty period for illegal residents as thousands of Filipinos prepare to leave the country. The amnesty, allowing workers staying in the country illegally to leave without paying fines, was originally due to expire on February 22 after coming into effect on January 29. Prior to this the most recent full amnesty where residency violators did not have to pay fines was in 2011. The extension comes as the Philippines prepares to repatriate up to 10,000 of its citizens staying in Kuwait illegally. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte promised free charter flights to his citizens following a series of labour abuses. The Philippines has enacted a total ban on its citizens going to Kuwait for work.