Kuwait: First ‘Pro-Expat’ Law To Be Passed In Nine Years

Kuwait’s National Assembly decides to pass the amendments to the private sector’s labour law in a unanimous vote along with the government’s approval. Sources described the law as the first legislation to be issued by the National Assembly in favour of expats in nine years.

The legislation, which received a unanimous vote along with the government’s approval, will be during the debated on March 19 and 20.

It is expected to increase the annual leave entitlement for the 1.7 million expats working in the private sector to 40 days and increase the monthly salary and indemnity by 15 per cent.

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The proposed law comes as lawmakers in the country push for the rebalancing of the country’s national demographics.

Foreign residents currently make up around 70 per cent of the 4.6 million population, but some MPs want it to be closer to 50 per cent.

Reports last year indicated the government was seeking opinions on the possibility of establishing a national committee to rebalance Kuwait’s demographic structure.

This would mean at least 1.5 million foreigners leaving the country in the coming years, according to some estimates.

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Source: Gulf Business

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