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Kuwait expats to pay KD1700 to keep their parents

Expatriates in Kuwait will have to pay up to KD 1700 as annual fee to keep their parents in the country, as per the latest regulations.

As per the latest regulations, an expatriate will have to pay KD200 for the residence of the parent and KD600 for medical insurance if the father or mother is more than 75 years old and KD300 if the parent is less than 65 years old. Expats will also have to pay KD50 to the Health Ministry, which adds up to KD850 annual for one parent.

The Lawmakers in Kuwait have been pushing for imposing fee on foreigners for receiving free health and medical services provided by the State. Various MPs said that some foreigners brought in members of their families to be treated in Kuwait, causing additional pressure on the services and costs.

The call for addressing the health aspect forms part of the wider issue of demographic imbalance in the country, where the 3.1million expats constitute 70 percent of the total population of 4.4 million people.

According to MP Abdul Karim Al Kandari, Kuwaitis should not be a minority in their own country, and the demographic situation should be urgently addressed.

He further added that this is not being done as a policy against expatriates, but, it is essential to have a clear system about their numbers. An organization of the process regarding expatriates is required, and fair measures need to be taken to organize the presence of expats, as their numbers are increasing amidst an obvious chaos and lack of control.

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