Kuwait pop­u­la­tion 4.180m as of July 20: PACI sta­tis­tics

Arab Times - - LOCAL - Al-Seyas­sah Staff By Na­jeh Bi­lal

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 19: Re­cent sta­tis­tics is­sued by the Public Au­thor­ity for Civil In­for­ma­tion (PACI) in­di­cated the pop­u­la­tion of Kuwait was 4.180 mil­lion as of July 20, con­sti­tut­ing 1.29 mil­lion cit­i­zens and 2.88 mil­lion ex­pa­tri­ates.

The re­port pointed to de­fect in the pop­u­la­tion struc­ture, stress­ing that gov­ern­ment must en­deavor to cre­ate bal­ance be­tween its cit­i­zens and ex­pa­tri­ates while fight­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of visa traders rather than in­crease fees on ser­vices pro­vided for ex­pa­tri­ates to be able to amend the de­fect, in­di­cat­ing the pro­posed in­crease on ser­vice fees will only force ex­pa­tri­ates to leave the coun­try.

Mean­while, some ex­pa­tri­ates unan­i­mously agreed that gov­ern­ment has ev­ery right to im­ple­ment de­ci­sions that serve the in­ter­ests of the coun­try. How­ever, it shouldn’t bur­den the ex­pa­tri­ate per­son­nel with ad­di­tional fees for ser­vices.

In a chat with Al-Seyas­sah daily, they in­di­cated the for­eign man­power is al­ready en­cum­bered with hikes in fees of health in­sur­ance, pri­vate schools, rent and food.

For his part, ex­pa­tri­ate Jaber Ab­dul who works in the veg­etable mar­ket said he takes care of his fam­ily of five mem­bers plus his mother, and he sells his veg­eta­bles cheap in or­der to cover the cost of his res­i­dency and his fam­ily’s, so he has no sav­ings.

Ihab Ab­dul Mit­waly is an ac­coun­tant who got mar­ried re­cently. He had plans to bring his wife un­til the fee for de­pen­dant visa was in­creased.

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