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30,000 expats leave Kuwait in first four days of May

Kuwait nationals account for 30% of the country's population

30,000 expats leave Kuwait in first four days of May

The number of expatriate residents in Kuwait has fallen by approximately 30,000 in the first four days of May, according to local media reports.

Citing anonymous ‘official sources’, the Kuwait Times reported that the figure comes from Ministry of Interior figures provided to the Public Authority of Civil Information that show expats who have cancelled their residency visas or were issued with new ones.

“The number showed that expats dropped by around 30,000 in the first four days of May,” the newspaper quoted the source as saying.

Further, the sources explained that as of last Saturday, the total number of Kuwaiti citizens in the country was 1,412,264 (29.7 percent of the population) compare to 3,333,027 expatriates (70.3 percent).

The total number of residents in the country was calculated at 4,745,291.

In November, another Kuwait newspaper, Al-Qabas, reported that Kuwait could reduce its number of expats by at least 1.5 million over the next seven years as it aims to achieve a demographic balance with nationals.

It said the government’s legal body had requested a national committee dedicated to demographic management. It would have the power to achieve a population consisting of 50% Kuwaitis.

The Kuwaiti national population is expected to increase to 1.7 million within seven years, although they currently stand at 1.4 million compared to 3.2 million expats, according to figures by the Public Authority for Civil Authority (PACI).