Looming expat law may force some 800,000 Indians to leave Kuwait

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The decision comes amid the coronavirus pandemic and a slump in oil prices [File: Stephanie McGhee/Reuters]

A new Kuwaiti bill waiting to be enacted into law aims to reduce the country’s sizeable expat community by 40 percent within months, according to reports, a move that may affect some 800,000 Indians.

While India’s is the largest expat community, there are about 3.4 million foreigners in Kuwait.

Kuwait’s overall population currently stands at 4.8 million people, meaning Kuwaiti nationals constitute just 30 percent of the total population.

The move coincided with Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah’s comments last week, in which he said his country should reduce the expat population to 30 percent from the current estimated 70 percent.

According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15 percent of the population.

The decision comes amid the coronavirus pandemic and a slump in oil prices. 

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