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Kuwait records 19% decline in expat numbers

The expatriate numbers in Kuwait have dropped by 19 percent a year, according to official statistics released by the General Immigration Department at the Interior ministry.

The Ministry is holding frequent raids to arrest several illegal residents in the country, causing expat numbers to decline. However, this is not the only reason for decline in expat numbers. Some expats have returned to their home countries, as the living standard there is comparable to that in Kuwait. Further, several of them with expired residence permits have benefitted from Amiri Amnesty to leave the country, without paying high penalties, explained an official.

According to the official, illegal residents in Kuwait can be arrested for reasons such as working in a place other than the sponsor without a work permit, staying in the country after expiry of visit visa or absconding. Also raids are being held to check criminal activities such as illegal international calls, prostitution and others.

The Ministry considers the raids as successful, and announced that the campaign would continue across all governorates to ensure safety of the residents and the country.

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