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

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.

“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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