Kuwait plans to deport 70% of expat workers

The time frame to rectify the demographic imbalance is five years

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Sunset over the artificial lake at Al Shaheed Park with Kuwait City Skyline in the background, Kuwait City Kuwait - November 10, 2017.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Sunset over the artificial lake at Al Shaheed Park with Kuwait City Skyline in the background, Kuwait City Kuwait - November 10, 2017.

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KUWAIT CITY - The Human Resources Development Committee held a meeting to review and determine the National Assembly’s decision to refer the demographic regulation law to the Legislative Committee to study the drafting of the articles of the law after its amendment.

The government sources confirmed its ambitious plan aimed to deport 70% of expat workers from Kuwait.

The sources reaffirmed the government’s intention to end 160,000 jobs in the private sector and deport marginal laborers and illiterate expats. The time frame to rectify the demographic imbalance is five years.

Committee Chairman Khalil Al-Saleh stated, the Corona crisis shed light on the issue of demographics and the need to work on assessing the situation in Kuwait, so that problems do not recur in the future.

He added: The idea of the law is to compel the government to issue regulations that include mechanisms and provisions to set a higher ceiling for the rates of expatriate workers in Kuwait. The draft law on demographics obliges the government to submit annual reports to the National Assembly, which makes this file under continuous control by the Council reports Al Qabas.

He stressed that this law in itself is a new type of dealings with the government, given the great positive and cooperation it witnessed between the government and the Council, in order to implement and approve it.

He stressed that the law would guarantee the efficiency of expatriate workers to Kuwait, through academic and other requirements, also improving the security situation and reducing the problems that were committed by marginal workers, plus ending some negative aspects, suicides, murders and others.

The law requires the government to submit annual reports to the National Assembly, which makes this file under continuous monitoring of the council, this law has several benefits, including: controlling expatriate workers and contributing to the quality of services, as it is reflected in the social situation in Kuwait.

He stated that the government should expedite and enforce the law and issue mechanism to implement it so that it will not be just mere words on paper.

 

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