Nairobi, Sept. 8 -- All Kenyans working abroad will be required to make mandatory contributions to a State welfare scheme if proposals by the Ministry of Labour are approved.

The scheme, known as the Kenya Migrant Workers Welfare Fund, seeks to provide relief assistance to migrant workers, invalidity benefits, medical assistance, and survivor benefits when a migrant worker dies.

Every migrant worker will be required to register as a member of the fund before departing the country for foreign employment.

Contingency fees paid by private employment agencies will also be channelled to the fund.

"This is a contributory fund in which the government shall also put in some funds. This is an innovative fund to address the plight of migrant wo...