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Kuwaiti MP States Expats Should “Pay For The Air They Breathe”

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Kuwaiti MP Safa al-Hashem received a death threat via email after she called for the government to tax expats on everything right from remittances to breathing the air in Kuwait.

The official, who is currently on special leave, said she has assigned her lawyer to follow up with the competent authorities. This is the second death threat she received over anti-expats remarks.

Earlier this week the MP demanded the implementation of her proposal to impose fees on expatriates for using roads “because it is time to apply it” while reiterating the need to collect fees on remittances.

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“We have to take a fee even on the air that the expatriate breathes,” she added.

For his part, Kuwaiti MP Abdulwahab Al-Babtain believed that “the number of expatriates should be reduced to half of the population of Kuwait.”


Expatriates represent about 70 percent of the total population of Kuwait as of the end of June 2018, i.e. a population of 4.7 million individuals, according to statistics issued by the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI).

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