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Labour Ministry proposes quota system for expats

The Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and State Minister for Planning and Development Affairs, Hind Al-Sabeeh, said that the Ministry has begun implementing the plan adopted for modifying the population structure in Kuwait, and that this is being done based on study conducted in collaboration with concerned authorities.

The Minister has held discussions with concerned authorities to prepare a draft law on the population structure, and said it emphasizes the need for a ‘quota system’, depending on nationality of expatriates.

The draft law is yet to be finalized, due to some international convention, signed by Kuwait, with other nationals. Kuwait has about 3 million expatriate population, with Indians being the topmost in number, followed by Egyptians, Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Syrians and Pakistanis.

The plan is to reduce the number of expats to 1 million by 2022. It is essential to handle such imbalances in structure of population, as there have been instances wherein, expats of some nationalities dominate certain professions, rather than emphasize on the need to end such monopoly of jobs and offer opportunities to national personnel to replace them.

The proposed quota system will organize the entry of expatriate workers in the country, while the government will find a way to get benefit from qualified and experienced expatriate personnel to compensate for shortage in positions occupied by Kuwaiti personnel.

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