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Kuwait embarks on largest-ever operation to clamp illegals

The Assistant Undersecretary for National and Passport Affairs at the Interior Ministry, Maj Gen Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah said that a new plan, which would be the largest ever operation, would be launched soon to arrest more than 100,000 residency violators who have been on the hide for a long time now.

This will be the largest operation in the history of Kuwait, and most sectors of the ministry would participate in the campaign, to be launched shortly in several areas, where violators are thought to be.

The violators represent several nationalities, majority being Indians (25,000), followed by Bangladeshis (20,000), Sri Lankans (15,000), Egyptians (7,000) Filipinos (6,700), Syrians (5,250), Pakistanis (2,500), Iranians (750) and Iraqi violators (1,300).

Sheikh Mazen said whoever harbours residence violators, will face legal action too, and warned violators to hand themselves over and adjust their status.

Meanwhile, a delegation from Indian Foreign Ministry will arrive in the country to discuss about the KD750 fee which was imposed by the Indian Embassy to bring in Indian domestic helpers, and which was later rejected. Further there are intense talks going on with Ethiopian foreign minister too, to re-open bringing in domestic helps after the Ethiopian government decided to stop sending them to Kuwait, said Sheikh Masen.

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