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Kuwait mulls plan to deport sacked expats

Plan is latest in raft of measures to dramatically reduce expat numbers in Kuwait

Kuwait mulls plan to deport sacked expats

The Kuwaiti government is reportedly studying plans to immediately deport any worker who loses his job, as officials revealed that around 41,000 expats have been asked to leave the country since January 2015.

A source told Arabic daily Alanba that an estimated 26,600 migrants were deported last year as part of efforts to dramatically reduce the number of expats in the country, who are thought to make up 70 percent of the population.

“This is the highest number of expatriates to be deported from Kuwait in decades,” the source was quoted as saying.  

Kuwait is also mulling plans to force foreign workers to immediately leave the country if they are sacked, according to Kuwait Times

Under current legislation, a worker who loses his job has three months to find another one. If he fails to find one within this timeframe, he is deported.

However, the Supreme Council for Planning and Development is understood to be studying a report that claims allowing expats to remain in Kuwait hampers efforts to adjust the country’s demographic imbalance.

The report proposes deporting a sacked worker as soon as he leaves his job. Under the proposal, he would only be entitled to his financial claims once he terminates his residency visa and leaves the country.

According to an unnamed source, the report argues that if an expat is fired, it is because his employer no longer needs his services and therefore his stay in Kuwait “puts further pressure on public services”.

The newspaper did not say whether the plans apply to public or private sector workers.

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Kevn 4 years ago

Typical gives the big companies reason not to pay indemnity it's bad enough now I have been waiting 3 yrs in court
Make the companies liable to pay on time then cancel not the other way around

Jim 4 years ago

Kevin I agree I am in a similar position with a big company again I am waiting for 2 yrs too this is a huge problem here and I know of hundreds of similar people I have all the evidence but still takes all this time
Shame on the big owners who are rich beyond belief but don't give their employees their legal rights
This proposal will make it worse

Mohamad 4 years ago

This is a huge issue and will create a legal problems what about not just indemnity but family's rents furniture schooling etc
I have been here for 6 months my wife works so I would be forced to leave my wife would have to move as rent is high I am still here looking but still waiting on my indemnity too
A disaster this country really does not want us