Kuwait wants to limit its expat population

Kuwait wants to limit its expat population

The Kuwait government has announced plans to cap its expatriate population at 45% of the total population, according to the Arab Times.

The government is planning impose a cap of six years for unskilled labourers, eight years for semi-skilled workers, ten years for semi-skilled employees who are with their families in the country, and 12 years for skilled employees. However, foreigners with rare expertise would be offered an open-ended stay, reported another local daily newspaper Annahar.

According to 2010 national estimates, there are 2,340,000 foreign workers in Kuwait, making up 69% of the total population.

The proposal to restrict the number of expatriates will be submitted to a committee made up of representatives of various ministries.