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Kuwait to launch new expat crackdown in April

More than 100,000 people are expected to be arrested for visa-related violations next month

Kuwait to launch new expat crackdown in April

Kuwait is planning to launch a crackdown on illegal expatriates in early April, according to local media.

More than 100,000 people are expected to be arrested for violations including overstaying their visas, holding the incorrect working permit or not having proper documents, Arabic daily Al Qabas reported.

An estimated two-thirds of Kuwait’s total population of more than 3 million are expats.

Government ministers have previously said they intended to half the number of foreigners working in the Gulf state by 2023, effectively reducing the number by 100,000 per year.

The government had previously discussed an amnesty for illegal residents but has not announced one.

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Kevin 5 years ago

At his will be targeted at the Indian pakistani labor workers instead of the big companies who have 1000s of workers on visit visas I know of several major companies where this is the case also the education sector english schools particular when the ministry comes the classroom assistants are shown as teachers
Focus on the big and powerful companies and stop picking on the poor easy targets who often are exploited by the very kuwaiti bosses
Time to hold bosses to account not the workers