Kuwait: Work permits of 68,000 expats will not be extended

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Kuwait will not extend work permits for over 68,000 foreign employees aged 60 and over as the country is seeking to redress its demographic imbalance, a Kuwaiti newspaper said Wednesday.

The Kuwaiti Public Authority of Manpower has embarked on compiling a database on all migrant workers who are 60 or older and hold high school degrees or equivalent educational certificates in line with a law banning renewal of their work permits as of next year.

The number of those expatriates is estimated at 68,318, an official source at the Public Authority of Manpower said.

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“This important decision comes within the government’s vision to handle imbalances in the population make-up and their impact on the labour market,” the source added.

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