Kuwait’s draft law on expat quotas to exempt domestic workers, those on government contracts

SourceGulf Business
SectorEconomy
CountryKuwait

A draft law in Kuwait which seeks to impose an expat quota system in the country to help “rebalance its population” will not apply to certain individuals, local media reported. The law, which has been cleared by Kuwait’s legal and legislative committee, does not apply to domestic helpers, GCC nationals, workers on government contracts, diplomats and relatives of Kuwaitis, Kuwait Times reported. Under the new proposal, Indians must not exceed 15 per cent of the population of Kuwaitis – which currently stands at 1.45 million, while Sri Lankans, Filipinos and Egyptians must not account for more than 10 per cent each. Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Nepalis and Vietnamese should not exceed 5 per cent and other communities have to stay within 3 per cent. If approved, the law would require some 800,000 Indians to leave the...read more...