Proposal submitted to amend demographics of expats in Kuwait

The demographics imbalances produced its effects in an dangerous way at the time of coronavirus crisis as it was found that there are access marginal workers in Kuwait

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Kuwait City at sunset.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Kuwait City at sunset.

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KUWAIT CITY -  MP Dr. Badr Al-Mulla and other MPS presented a proposal with a law regarding the demographics, pointing out that the demographics imbalances are among the problems that Kuwait has suffered in recent years.

This problem produced its effects in an dangerous way at the time of coronavirus crisis as it was found that there are access marginal workers in Kuwait .

The MPs added that it was found that overcrowded areas without health requirements which clearly contributed to the spread of the epidemic in a manner that forced the Council of Ministers to impose a total isolation in these overcrowded areas.

The demographic composition does not stop at the percentage limits of numbers Kuwaitis in relation to the number of expats. Rather there was an imbalance in the number of these nationalities in relation to the number of citizens.

The MPS suggested that there needs to establish a law to set the maximum percentage of nationalities against the number of citizens, and prohibits the recruitment of any person from this community that exceeds the number of citizens.


The proposal contains many articles, which are :
Article (1): The provisions of this law apply to all nationalities permitted to enter the State of Kuwait. It exempts citizens of the GCC states, the husband and children of a Kuwaiti citizen, domestic workers, and laborers for government contracts, heads and members of political missions dispatched to Kuwait and their spouses and children, heads of state and their family members, international transportation operators, and members of military missions of countries with which Kuwait has security agreements.

Article (2): The nationalities percentage is calculated according to the ratio and proportion to the number of Kuwaiti citizens.
Table No. 1 of this law defines the ratio of each nationality in relation to the number of citizens.
Each of them is a maximum for this nationality, and it does not include in the calculation of those percentages what is mentioned in Article (1), government authorities should take the necessary measures to reduce the percentage of nationalities in Kuwait, according to what is stipulated in this law.

Article (3): It is not permissible to bring any worker to the State of Kuwait if the nationality percentage has exceeded the permissible limit mentioned in Table No. 1 and the prohibition of recruitment remains in effect until the foreign nationality percentage falls below the percentage stipulated in Table No. 1.
Every 3 months the Central Bureau of Statistics should provide government offices total percentage for each nationality every 3 months.

Article (4): Government authorities are prohibited from transferring domestic labor into employment of private or oil sector, neither convert visit into a residence for work, neither visit to dependent and neither renew the residence of the workers of government contracts after government project has ended.

Article (5): Law breakers to be punished with imprisonment that does not exceed 10 years and a fine that does not exceed 100,000 dinars, or either of these two penalties, every public employee who orders or agrees to bring in a worker despite the nationality exceeding that the worker belongs to the percentage stipulated in Table No. (1).

Article (6): Public official He / she shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding five years and a fine not exceeding 50,000 dinars, or with either of these two penalties who orders or agrees to convert a person into a work residence or renews it on towards a violation of the provisions of Article No. (4).

Article (7): In addition to the penalties prescribed for the crimes mentioned in Articles 5 and 6, the perpetrator shall be dismissed from the public office.

Article (10): The ministers, each within his jurisdiction, shall implement this law and it shall enter into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

 

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