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Exit visas for expatriates proposed in Kuwait

An Kuwait MP has proposed imposing exit visas on expatriates, which forms the latest of a series of measures against the countryís foreign population proposed this year.

According to draft law by MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei, this implies that expats working in the private sector would require a permit from the countryís public manpower authority to leave the country.

The permit would require approval from expatís sponsor in a similar manner in Qatar, which has been repeatedly criticized by human rights group.

Meanwhile, in order to cut the expat population, a Kuwait MP has proposed imposing 10-year limit for foreign workers.  Other MPs have called for quotas for each nationality, and other measures, to cut expat population.

The Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, and Minister of State for Economic Development, Hind Al-Sabeeh, mentioned that the government would shortly issue measures to limit the number of marginal labourers in the country.

At the beginning of October, the government introduced the new healthcare fee for expatriates, which included charges for various treatments, which were earlier free for people with insurance.

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