Kuwait has deported 20,000 expatriates in the first nine months of the year for breaching residency or labour laws, Arabic daily Al Seyassah reported.
Another 7,000 are being held in custody, to be sent home “within days”, on tickets paid for by their sponsors, a security source reportedly told the newspaper.
“Those who were expelled from the country are from various nationalities and included expatriates without jobs or doing odd jobs, beggars and people implicated in the selling of alcoholic beverages, managing flats for suspicious activities or engaging in immoral acts,” the source said.
“The public order department has pledged a zero-tolerance towards all violations of the law and involvement in illegal or immoral activities.”
There were calls for authorities to also crackdown on visa traders who helped expats work illegally in the country.
About two-thirds of Kuwait’s population of 3.5 million are expats.
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