New Expat Bill May Force 8 Lakh Indians to Leave Kuwait
Category: Kuwait
kuwait-expat-bill-800000-indians-could-be-forced-to-leave-gulf-state_kuwait
Immigrate to Canada or Australia
Study In Abroad

A total of 8 lakh Indians may be forced to leave Kuwait as its National Assembly committee has approved a draft expat quota bill seeking to reduce the number of foreign workers in the Gulf country.

The National Assembly's legal and legislative committee has determined that the expat quota bill is constitutional.

According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15 per cent of the population. This could result in 800,000 Indians leaving Kuwait, as the Indian community constitutes the largest expat community in the country, totalling 1.45 million, the Gulf News reported, citing a Kuwaiti newspaper.

The current population of Kuwait is 4.3 million, with Kuwaitis making up 1.3 million of the population, and expats accounting for 3 million.

Amid a slump in oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a spike in anti-expat rhetoric as lawmakers and government officials call for reducing the number of foreigners in Kuwait.

Last month, Kuwait's Prime minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah proposed reducing the number of expats from 70 per cent to 30 per cent of the population, the report said.

Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem told Kuwait TV that he and a group of lawmakers will submit to the Assembly a comprehensive draft law calling for a gradual reduction of expats in Kuwait.

Kuwait has a real problem in its population structure, in which 70 per cent are expats, the Speaker said, adding that what is more serious is that 1.3 million of the 3.35 million expats "are either illiterate or can merely read and write", the people Kuwait does not really need, the Kuwait Times reported.

"I understand that we recruit doctors and skilled manpower and not unskilled laborers. This is an indication that there is a distortion. Visa traders have contributed in increasing this figure," Ghanem said.

The Speaker said the draft law they intend to file will propose to impose a cap on the number of expats, whose numbers must decrease gradually by stating that this year expats will be 70 per cent, next year 65 per cent and so on, the report said.

The expat quota bill will now be referred to the concerned committee for consideration. It states that the Indian expatriate community should not exceed 15 per cent of the national population, which means around 800,000 of them might be required to leave Kuwait, the Arab News reported.

According to the Indian embassy in Kuwait, there are about 28,000 Indians working for the Kuwaiti Government in various jobs like nurses, engineers in national oil companies and a few as scientists.

The majority of Indians (5.23 Lakh) are deployed in private sectors. 

In addition, there are about 1.16 lakh dependents. Out of these, there are about 60,000 Indian students studying in 23 Indian schools in the country.

The bill will now be transferred to the respective committee so that a comprehensive plan is created. It proposes similar quotas for other nationalities. Kuwait is a top source of remittances for India. In 2018, India received nearly USD 4.8 billion from Kuwait as remittances.

Foreigners have accounted for the majority of Kuwait's COVID-19 cases as the disease spread among migrant workers living in overcrowded housing.

According to latest data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 49,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Kuwait. Globally, more than 5 lakh people have died and over 11 million have been infected by COVID-19.

06 Jul, 2020 0 7079
Posted Comments
Popular News
flights-to-india-awaiting-final-approval_kuwait
Flights To India Awaiting Final Approval Special charter flights to Indian destinations are expected soon with the signing of the Transport Bubble between the two countries, a reliable source disclosed to The Times, Kuwait. It is expected... August 05, 2020 0 15134 Category: Information
the-airport-continues-its-commercial-flights_kuwait
The Airport Continues Its Commercial Flights According to Alqabas Kuwait International Airport continued to operate commercial flights for the fifth consecutive day, as 14 flights arrived in the country yesterday, while 16 flights departed. A re... August 06, 2020 0 5845 Category: Travel
2800-departures-and-1470-arrivals-within-two-days_kuwait
2,800 Departures And 1,470 Arrivals Within Two Days According to Alqabas Director of the General Administration of Civil Aviation M. Yousef Al-Fawzan revealed that the agencies operating at Kuwait International Airport have succeeded in implementing th... August 04, 2020 0 5655 Category: Travel
emirates-gets-all-set-to-relaunch-kuwait-services_kuwait
Emirates Gets All Set To Relaunch Kuwait Services Dubai carrier also confirmed Lisbon as another destination being added in this rollout Emirates airline will resume passenger services to Kuwait’s capital from August 5. Flights from Dubai to K... August 05, 2020 1 4528 Category: Travel
chairman-mohammad-almutairi-rejects-decision-to-ban-expats-from-31-countries_kuwait
KTTAA chairman criticizes abrupt decision to ban expats from 31 countries without prior notice Under the pandemic situation the decision was taken by Kuwait government to ban travel from 31 countries. Today Mohammad Al-Muthairi, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Travel and To... August 05, 2020 0 4251 Category: International
travel-packages-for-expats-who-are-willing-to-return-from-31-banned-countries_kuwait
Travel Packages For Expats Who Are Willing To Return From 31 Banned Countries Considering the current Pandemic situation all over the world,Kuwait has banned travel from 31 countries, so expats cannot return back to Kuwait from banned countries. Travel agencies are taking th... August 04, 2020 4 4140 Category: Travel
partial-ban-lifting-is-possible-but-it-will-not-take-place-today_kuwait
Partial Ban Lifting Is Possible, But It Will Not Take Place Today Governmental sources revealed to Al-Qabas that the cabinet will discuss in its meeting today the health indicators of the Corona epidemic and its extent locally and globally, and accordingly will dete... August 03, 2020 0 3529 Category: Coronavirus
russia-exports-corona-vaccine-to-15-countries_kuwait
Russia Exports Corona Medicine to more than 15 Countries Director-General of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriyev said that Russia has exported “Avavavir” medicine for the treatment of people infected with coronaviruses to 15 coun... August 04, 2020 0 3320 Category: Coronavirus
3-stages-for-the-return-of-residents--moi_kuwait
3 Stage Plan For Return of Expats - MOI High sources revealed Alqabas  that the return of residents to the country will take place according to 3 successive stages, during which priority will be according to the needs of the state, wit... August 07, 2020 0 2805 Category: Expats
kuwait--india-agrees-to-evacuate-1000-indians-per-day-back-to-india_kuwait
Kuwait – India Agrees To Evacuate 1,000 Indians Per Day Back To India The Indian Government is about to start flights to bring back Indian expats who are willing to come back to India from Kuwait. Regarding this Indian authority had a discussion with the Kuwait counterp... August 06, 2020 0 2627 Category: Travel
View All
Popular Offers
grand-hyper-food-festival-offers in kuwait
Grand Hyper Food Fes...
costo-supermarket-digi-fest-offers in kuwait
Costo Supermarket Di...
city-centre-900-fils-offers in kuwait
City Centre 900 Fils...
lulu-hypermarket-half-pay-back-deals in kuwait
Lulu Hypermarket Hal...
carrefour-360-mall-and-avenues-weekend-savings in kuwait
Carrefour 360 Mall A...
Visit Visa
Visit Visa
Indemnity
Indemnity
Dependent Visa Driving License Project Visa Termination
Termination
Civil ID Crime News