Coronavirus: Kuwait to Scale Back the Number of Expats

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The coronavirus outbreak has prompted Kuwait to revive a plan aimed at addressing the population imbalance in the country and scale back the numbers of expatriates there, according to a report.

Foreign workers make up 3.3 million of Kuwait’s 4.6 million population.

According to the revived plan, the Kuwaiti government will seek to cut the numbers of expatriates to reach 1.5 million in five years’ time and set curbs to restrict the arrival of semi-skilled workers in the country, Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai said Monday, citing well-informed sources.

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A quota system will be applied, allocating fixed labour shares for each foreign community, according to the sources.

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