Expatriate Residents in Kuwait Declines By 30,000

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The number of expatriate residents in Kuwait has fallen by approximately 30,000 in the first four days of May, according to local media reports.

The Kuwait Times reported that the figure comes from the Ministry of Interior figures provided to the Public Authority of Civil Information that show expats who have canceled their residency visas or were issued with new ones.

“The number showed that expatriate residents in Kuwait dropped by around 30,000 in the first four days of May,” the newspaper quoted.

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Further, the sources explained that as of last Saturday, the total number of Kuwaiti citizens in the country was 1,412,264 (29.7 percent of the population) compare to 3,333,027 expatriates (70.3 percent).

The total number of residents in the country was calculated at 4,745,291.

In November, another Kuwait newspaper, Al-Qabas, reported that Kuwait could reduce its number of expats by at least 1.5 million over the next seven years as it aims to achieve a demographic balance with nationals.

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The Kuwaiti national population is expected to increase to 1.7 million within seven years, although they currently stand at 1.4 million compared to 3.2 million expats, according to figures by the Public Authority for Civil Authority (PACI).

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