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Kuwait Expatriate Quota Bill in National Assembly soon

If the proposed bill becomes a law, around 8 lakh Indians might be required to leave Kuwait

Sunday July 5, 2020 11:18 PM, ummid.com News Network

Kuwait Expat Bill

Kuwait City: A legal and legislative committee of Kuwait has approved draft of the law to limit population of expatriates in the country. The draft bill will be tabled in Kuwait National Assembly in two weeks.

The interior ministry will submit to the National Assembly within two weeks a draft law proposing changes to the residency law, as the Assembly prepares to complete legislation to facilitate the reduction of expats in the country within a few months, Kuwait Times reported citing government officials.

Speaking to the state-run Kuwait Television, Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh said the government has a complete draft proposing to “upgrade the residency law”, which will be sent to the Assembly within the next two weeks.

Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem also 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 the country.

"The draft law also proposes to determine the number of expats that can be recruited every year, including their specialization and other details", he said.

Impact of the law on Indians

Over nine lakh Indians are currently residing in Kuwait. If the proposed bill is passed by the National Assembly and becomes a law, around 8 lakh Indians might be required to leave Kuwait.

In May, it was announced that Kuwait’s Municipality will soon dismiss all expat employees and replace them with Kuwaitis.

Kuwait had in May announced that all the expats working in municipalties will be replaced by Kuwaitis. Earlier, Kuwaiti MPs had called for replacing all expat jobs in the government sector within one year with local residents.

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