Kuwaiti MP Calls For Deportation Of 1.4m Expats

By ExpatBriefing.com Editorial 28 February, 2014

The Kuwaiti government has been urged by a Member of Parliament to deport 280,000 expatriates per year for the next five years.

The country currently has 2.5m expatriates, making up the majority of the population, and MP Khalil Abdullah says this number needs to be brought down to 1.1m. "We need to have a Kuwaiti population that is at least equal to the number of foreigners who live in the country," he said.

Expats who make valuable contributions to the domestic economy would be excluded from deportation under Abdullah's plan.

The MP argued that reducing the number of foreigners would "help local Kuwaiti men and women find employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors," and ease the burden on infrastructure. "The fact that Kuwait is home to twice as many foreigners as locals is a dangerous indication about the social, economic and service conditions in the country," he said.

Earlier MP Abdullah Al Tamimi suggested that the government reduces the expat population by more than 1.3m in five years.

At present Kuwait's expat population includes 1.1m Arabs, 76,698 Africans, 14,641 Europeans, 21,512 North Americans, 1,706 Australians, and 1,431 South Americans. But Asians are the biggest expat group, with 1.5m people, accounting for 37.8 percent of the total expat community. Al Tamimi wants to ensure that no single group makes up more than 25 percent of all expats.

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