The gulf country, Kuwait has enacted a new bill on expats into law. The draft of expat quota bill has been approved by the legal and legislative committee of Kuwait’s National Assembly. According to the expat quota bill, not more that 15% Indian population should be there in the country. The bill is to be transferred to the respective committee so that a comprehensive plan is created.
The draft expat quota bill is constitutional as determined by the National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee. Gulf news confirmed this report via local media.
According to the outlet’s report, approximately 8 lakh Indians may have to leave Kuwait. Currently, the Indian community constitutes the largest expat community in Kuwait, that is, 1.45 million. Kuwait holds a population of 4.3 millions, expats account for 3 million.
The second largest expatriate community to 10% of Kuwait’s total population is Egypt, therefore, the bill calls for reducing this number as well.
The gulf country is also a top source of remittances for India. India received nearly, $4.8 billlion from Kuwait as remittances, in 2018. As the native population inclining towards minority, Kuwait has been preparing to reduce its reliance on foreign workers.