Kuwaitization Successful – Expat Recruitment Falls 62%

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The rate of recruitment of expatriate workers in the private sector has decreased by 62 percent in the last three years, from 2015 to 2018, which is an indication of the success of policies to restructure the demographic balance in the country.

Statistics issued by the General Department for Immigration and Passport Affairs reveal that the number of expatriates who received “Article 18” residency in the private sector for the first time reached 20,650 in 2018 from 54,840 in 2015, which is a difference of 34,190 expatriate employees recruited in three years.

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The statistics also pointed out a decline in recruitment of Arabs by 52 percent, with the number of new Arab expatriates reaching 9,247 in 2018 compared to 19,256 in 2015. The rate of decline in employment of workers from non-Arab countries was 68.5 percent, given that only 10,714 people from those countries came to Kuwait in 2018, compared to 34,000 in 2015.

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has exempted expatriate teachers from the Kuwaitization (replacement) policy for the third consecutive year.

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