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Cabinet considers limits on expat residency numbers and length of stay
September 26, 2015, 9:23 am

The Cabinet is considering a mechanism submitted by the Statistic General Directorate to deal with the defects of the population structure.

The mechanism includes procedures and steps to activate the recommendations of the higher committee to examine ways to reduce the demographic imbalance between locals and foreigners.

There are more than 4 million residents of Kuwait but only around 1.5 million citizens. Some of the possible mechanisms include granting three months grace periods for absconders to adjust their status with increasingly absconding fines to KD 5 per day. Other possible regulations may include placing a maximum limit on the stay of expatriates.

The plan also calls for activating the fingerprint system at borders to prevent those facing a travel ban from exiting the country and those blacklisted from returning to Kuwait. It also calls for adopting the quota system to set a maximum ceiling of labor. It also calls for halting all unlicensed activities while encouraging citizens to get into productive sectors.

Source: Al-Anbaa

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