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Kuwait arrests 2,505 illegal expats and plans to terminate 1,500

The moves are part of the country’s plan to reduce its expat population

Kuwait arrests 2,505 illegal expats and plans to terminate 1,500
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Kuwaiti authorities have arrested 2,505 illegal expats and are set to terminate 1,500 from the country’s Awqaf Public Foundation (KAPF), reported Kuwait Times.

Of the detained, 1,248 were arrested for failure to produce identification papers, 305 for residency visa violations, 480 for expired residencies, and 472 for deportation orders.

In addition, according to the Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Yaqoub Al-Sane, the foundation will seize the hire of expatriates on monthly payments due to public controversy of expats hire at government facilities.

Currently, there are 3,600 expats hired by the ministry.

In recent years, Kuwait has shown concern over its decreasing local population as opposed to a large percentage of expatriates.

Kuwaitis account for 30 percent of the population while expats account for 70 percent.

The country has previously announced various schemes to reduce expat numbers, announcing in April this year that it would only grant visas to foreign workers replacing existing ones.

In October this year, it deported 20,000 expats for parallel reasons.

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