Kuwait City, Kuwait

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More labour re­stric­tions: Kuwait will stop is­su­ing work per­mits to foreign grad­u­ates un­der the age of 30 from next year, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. Kuwait Times cited man­power author­ity spokesper­son and PR man­ager Aseel Al-Mezyad as con­firm­ing the plans. The rule change will ap­ply to the pri­vate and oil sec­tors from Jan­uary 1, he said. The mea­sure comes as the coun­try seeks to re­duce its foreign pop­u­la­tion. For­eign­ers are es­ti­mated to ac­count for up to 70% of the roughly 4.4 mil­lion peo­ple in the coun­try. The is­sue has been hotly de­bated among MPs and min­is­ters this year, with pro­pos­als in­clud­ing a 10-year limit on res­i­dency, na­tion­al­ity quo­tas, a tax on remittances, the im­pos­ing of exit visas and de­por­ta­tions for traf­fic vi­o­la­tions all mak­ing head­lines.

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