Cut­ting ex­pats num­bers by one mil­lion ‘in­ap­pli­ca­ble’

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

A pro­posal made by MP Khalil Abul to re­duce the num­ber of ex­pa­tri­ates in Kuwait and make it even with Kuwaitis’ num­bers is ba­si­cally in­ap­pli­ca­ble, govern­ment sources said, adding that gov­ern­men­tal stud­ies to ad­dress the de­mo­graphic im­bal­ance prob­lem never dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of a so­lu­tion in that for­mat.

“Re­duc­ing the num­ber of ex­pats to be equal to the num­ber of Kuwaitis can­not be made,” said the sources who spoke to Al-Rai on the con­di­tion of anonymity. Abul had sug­gested de­port­ing marginal la­bor, vic­tims of visa traf­fick­ing and ex­pats with crim­i­nal records, which, ac­cord­ing to him, could help cut ex­pats’ num­bers by around one mil­lion.

The sources re­it­er­ated that the govern­ment stud­ies ev­ery pro­posal made by the par­lia­ment “and af­ter that it makes an an­nounce­ment about it”. They noted at the same time that Abul’s pro­posal is in­ap­pli­ca­ble in prin­ci­ple ‘for sev­eral con­sid­er­a­tions,’ even within a time­frame of five to ten years. — Al-Rai

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