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Al Sabeeh to submit proposal alotting expats quota system
January 11, 2015, 9:33 am

Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh will soon submit a proposal to the Cabinet for allotting a quota system on the basis of nationality of expatriates in order to rectify the imbalance in the population structure of the country, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting informed sources.

They revealed that the minister will consider the legal viewpoints of Fatwa and Legislation Department because of the obligatory conventions signed by Kuwait in this domain.

The sources indicated that the ministry, in coordination with the Central Statistics Bureau, is studying the population structure of Kuwait in order to identify the number of expatriates of each nationality and their professions.

They revealed that a report published in a local newspaper indicated that there are 1 million expatriate bachelors in the country. Meanwhile, a reliable source from Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor said the ministry suspended the implementation of the proposal to allow issuance of work permits for all sectors, which was scheduled to be applied from January 2015.

He revealed that the implementation of such a proposal will create confusion in the labor market and increase the imbalance in the population structure. The source added that such a step will work against the government’s plan to modify the population structure especially since it has been proven that at least 300,000 expatriates would enter the country if issuance of work permits for all sectors is allowed.

Furthermore, Director of Public Authority for Manpower Jamal Al- Dousari denied the allegation that the governmental authorities are applying the law oppressively on expatriates. He stressed that expatriates are welcome in Kuwait, provided they comply with law since Kuwait is a country of institutions and law.

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