Kuwait MP Warns Against ‘Too Large’ Expat Communities

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MP Ahmad Al-Fadhl yesterday warned against “too large” expat communities, saying they could pose a security threat and also highlighted what he called low qualifications of most expatriates in the country.

He said last week that “he has no problem with expatriates coming and working in Kuwait”, but added that there is a certain risk in the large numbers of some communities.

Indians, Egyptians, Bangladeshis and Syrians account for more than half of the 3.4 million expatriates from 120 nations living in Kuwait, local daily Kuwait Times quoted him as saying.

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The Indian community stands at around 900,000, Egyptians at 600,000, Bangladeshis at around 200,000 and Syrians at some 145,000.

The rapid growth in the numbers of individual communities must be checked, because they pose a security danger to the country, the report quoted Fadl as saying.

He also said that the ‘quality of expats’ in Kuwait was ‘not competitive’ since the highly-qualified expatriates prefer to go to UAE or Saudi Arabia.

The MP however ruled out claims that expatriates compete against Kuwaitis citizens for jobs. He said some 120,000 expats work in government jobs since these positions fail to attract Kuwaitis.

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