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  • 08 July, 2020

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Expat Quota Bill Approved in Kuwait

Expat Quota Bill Approved in Kuwait

Recently, the legal and legislative committee of Kuwait’s National Assembly approved the draft ex-pat (expatriate) quota bill. According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15% of the population and if it is enacted into law, over 8 lakh Indians could be forced out of Kuwait. Kuwait is a country located in the Persian Gulf region.

  • The draft expat quota bill has been deemed constitutional and will be transferred to the respective committee so that a comprehensive plan is created.
  • Lawmakers and government officials including the Prime Minister of Kuwait have been calling to reduce the number of ex-pats from 70% to 30% of the population.
  • The draft law will impose a cap on the number of ex-pats and gradually reduce them by almost 5% on a yearly basis.

Data Analysis:

  • In Kuwait, expats account for 3 million out of the total population of 4.3 million.
  • Indians constitute the largest expat community in Kuwait, totalling 1.45 million.
  • About 28,000 Indians work in various government jobs like nurses, engineers in national oil companies and as scientists.
  • Majority of Indians (around 5 lakh) work in the private sector.
  • There are about 1.16 lakh dependents out of which about 60,000 are students studying in various Indian schools in the country.

India’s Perspective

  • The Indian community in Kuwait has always played an important factor in bilateral ties.
  • Indians are present in all segments of society in Kuwait and are largely considered disciplined, hardworking and law-abiding.
  • Kuwait is a top source of remittances for India. In 2018, India received nearly USD 4.8 billion from Kuwait as remittances.
  • The Indian embassy has been closely following developments related to the proposed legislation. However, India has so far not made any statement on the issue.

Source: IE


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