In an effort to cut down the number of expatriates in Kuwait, the Interior Ministry is set to submit a draft law to the National Assembly as they prepare to complete a legislation that facilitates the reduction of expatriates in the next few months.
According to Anas Al-Saleh of the Interior Ministry, the government plans to “upgrade the residency law” that will be brought to the Assembly in the next two weeks.
The law encourages the arrival of expats who are greatly needed by the country. This statement from the ministry clearly indicates that there will be a cut in the number of expats soon.
Marzouq Al-Ghanem, Assembly Speaker, also confirmed that they will be submitting for a comprehensive draft to reduce the number of expats in the country.
“Ghanem said it is difficult at this stage to impose quotas with specific percentages for different nationalities, in reference to another draft law cleared on Thursday by the legal and legislative committee that assigns specific percentages for various foreign communities,” says a report in Kuwait Times.
The speaker added that Kuwait is experiencing problems when it comes to the population of expats in the country. It is said that 1.3 million out of the 3.35 million expats in the country “are either illiterate or can merely read and write”, someone that Kuwait doesn’t really need.
“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,” says Ghanem.
Source Kuwait Times