Kuwait City, Kuwait
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.