The de­mo­graphic struc­ture

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Amin Maarafi

The de­mo­graphic struc­ture is­sue re­turned to the top of events in the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety af­ter be­ing brought up at the Na­tional Assem­bly lately. New signs ap­peared with a gov­ern­men­tal and par­lia­men­tary agree­ment to re­duce the per­cent­age of ex­pa­tri­ates com­pared with cit­i­zens in the com­ing years. So far, there is noth­ing wrong with that. Some peo­ple among mem­bers of the Kuwaiti so­ci­ety re­acted to that on so­cial me­dia with words that can only be de­scribed as triv­ial, in­di­cat­ing their ig­no­rance through their im­po­lite re­ac­tions. Not only are such ig­no­rant com­ments un­re­al­is­tic, but they are far away from the opin­ion of the ma­jor­ity of cit­i­zens who see hon­or­able ex­pat as part­ners in the coun­try’s ad­vance­ment in var­i­ous fields. In ad­di­tion, there are many job fields that the Kuwaiti la­bor mar­ket re­mains in dire need of for­eign work­ers to fill, as those jobs are of great im­por­tance for our so­ci­ety.

I will men­tion, for ex­am­ple, some of work­ers who as­sume the role of do­mes­tic helpers and care for chil­dren. There are also the garbage col­lec­tors whose job is clean­ing our daily left­overs; and with­out them, we would not know what will hap­pen to us. You can take the trash cri­sis in Beirut as an ex­am­ple. Any­one who looks at the amount of trash lit­tered in our streets af­ter the na­tional day cel­e­bra­tion, sees how low the level of aware­ness of many cit­i­zens is about this most dear oc­ca­sion, and their wrong ex­pres­sion of hap­pi­ness dur­ing it.

Teach­ing is also another im­por­tant pro­fes­sion where ex­pa­tri­ate work­ers are needed, so does medicine in var­i­ous specialties. When you move around the cor­ri­dors of hospi­tals, you will not see a Kuwaiti doc­tor ex­cept in rare cases, and you hardly hear the Kuwaiti di­alect among them. You would only find cit­i­zens in ad­min­is­tra­tions, in­clud­ing sec­re­taries.

I am writ­ing this ar­ti­cle while in the hos­pi­tal, and I saw the doc­tors, nurses, lab tech­ni­cians and those who per­form and lab­o­ra­tory tests, are ex­pat spe­cial­ists of all na­tion­al­i­ties. May Al­lah re­ward them for their ef­forts and care of our health.

Mov­ing to the con­struc­tion sec­tor, in­clud­ing in ma­jor projects and even pri­vate res­i­dence, who other that ex­pats stand un­der the scorch­ing sun and in all cir­cum­stances at con­struc­tion sites? While the cit­i­zen en­joys air con­di­tion­ing, and does not praise his God for the boun­ties He gave him.

We are in need of them, and should not make their lives mis­er­able be­cause they are our broth­ers and equal to us in cre­ation and hu­man­ity. They left their fam­i­lies back in their home coun­tries and live in for­eign land to im­prove their in­come, and if it is a must to im­pose fees, then we should not over­bur­den them be­cause it will af­fect their sit­u­a­tion and psy­chol­ogy. In­stead of that, par­lia­ment mem­bers should pave the road for the coun­try’s chil­dren and re­move ob­sta­cles so that they can work in all job sec­tors and specialties, and we can be self-suf­fi­cient by think­ing about bal­anc­ing the pop­u­la­tion struc­ture. May Al­lah pro­tect Kuwait and its peo­ple against all evil. —Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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