Kuwait to lay off “unnecessary” expats

The move is one of many attempts to decrease the country’s expatriate count

Kuwait’s state departments have been asked to lay off “unnecessary” expats by the end of the year, the Kuwait Times has reported.

The move is one of many attempts to decrease the number of expats in the country, who make up 70 percent of the population.

The newspaper quoted government sources as saying the Cabinet also instructed governmental bodies to freeze the recruitment of expats with the exception of certain vital sectors such as doctors and teachers.

The government has denied it is planning to cut the number of expats despite announcing in 2013 that the number of foreign workers would be cut by 100,000 annually for a decade.

Kuwait has since deported over 20,000 expats in the first nine months of last year, as well as arrested 2,505 illegal foreign workers. It has also introduced a law that forces expats aged over 50 to leave the country, and planned to reduce the number of its expatriate teachers by 25 percent by this year.

It was ranked the worst country in the world for expats to live and work by the annual Expat Insider survey compiled by InterNations.

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