Kuwait: New Quota System For Expat Communities

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Kuwait is mulling a new law that will impose a quota system for expatriate communities, local media reported.

The law, which could be introduced during the upcoming National Assembly term in October, will regulate the presence of expat communities in Kuwait to ensure that they do not exceed 25 or 30 per cent of the population, sources told Kuwait Times.

“While issuing a quota and dealing with work permits is the job of the executive authority, and treatment of such issues is done by ministerial decisions, MPs seek to remove the burden and embarrassment from the government,” the sources said.

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The government could face “some difficulties” when issuing a decision on quotas due to its impact on relations with other countries.

“Therefore, MPs want to link that with a law issued by parliament,” the sources told the paper.


Kuwait has been working on reducing its expatriate population in order to boost nationalisation in the workforce.

Currently, Kuwaitis account for less than 30 per cent of the country’s 4.7 million population at 1.42 million.

Late last year, it was reported that authorities in Kuwait are planning to reduce the number of foreign residents in the country by at least 1.5 million over the next seven years.

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