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Plans underway to substitute expats with nationals in Municipal jobs

16 May 2020

The Kuwaiti Municipality Minister, Walid al Jasim, has issued directives in reducing expatriate numbers holding municipal jobs, as part of replacement plans, reports a local daily.

The minister will soon meet senior officials in the Ministry after Eid Al Fitr holidays to discuss the replacement plan, wherein, expat workers would be replaced by nationals, particularly in administrative jobs such as registration and secretariat and such sectors.

The General registration will be digitalized, thus eliminating the need for a large workforce, the source said.

This process of terminating the expatriate services will get underway after Eid. About 1000 expatriates are currently holding municipal jobs in Kuwait.

Several public figures in Kuwait have recently emphasized the need to rectify the demographic imbalance, and have accused expatriates of straining the country’s health facilities and the increasing COVID-19 threat.

Out of the total 4.6 million population in Kuwait, expatriates account for 3.3 million.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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