Kuwait says deported 18,000 expats in two years

Gulf state has recently begun introducing measures to seriously curtail number of expats
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By Daniel Shane
Sun 07 Apr 2013 09:28 AM

Kuwait has deported close to 18,000 expats over the last two years, according to local media in the country.

English language Kuwait Times reported that the oil-rich Gulf state had expelled 9,300 women and 8,500 men, citing a top official from the Ministry of Interior.

The official did not specify the precise reason for the deportations above stating that they had broken the country’s laws.

In recent months authorities in Kuwait have taken measures to introduce tough new regulations for foreign workers, which make up about two-thirds of the country’s 3m population.

In March, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour Thekra Al-Rasheedi said that the country would seek to reduce its number of expats by 1m over the next decade. About 100,000 would be culled each year, she said.

Other proposals that have been tabled in the country’s parliament include policies that would mean expats could only use medical services at certain times of the day and a required minimum salary in order to obtain a driving licence.

The country also last week gave the green light to a plan to bailout citizens’ personal debt at a cost of around $2.6bn.

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