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8 Lakh Indians May Have To Leave As Kuwait Approves A Draft Expat Quota Bill: Report

The bill, according to which the Indians must not exceed 15 percent of the population, will be transferred to the respective committee to create a comprehensive plan.

Kuwait: The Kuwaiti National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee approved the draft expat quota bill that could result in 8 Lakh Indians leaving the country.

The legal and legislative committee of the National Assembly has determined that the expat quota bill is constitutional, Gulf News reported, citing a local media report. The bill, according to which the Indians must not exceed 15 percent of the population, will be transferred to the respective committee to create a comprehensive plan.

The media reported that “this could result in 800,000 Indians leaving Kuwait, as the Indian community constitutes the largest expat community in Kuwait, with a total of 1.45 million.”

Of the 4.3 million population of Kuwait, expats account for 3 million.

Anti-expatriate rhetoric has exploded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with lawmakers and government officials calling for reducing the number of foreigners in Kuwait. According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 49,000 cases of coronaviruses have been reported in the country.

The report stated that “last month, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah proposed to reduce the number of expatriates from 70% to 30% of the population.”

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