Kuwaitis account for just 30% of the population

Jojo Puthuparampil is a business news writer for Inc. Arabia.

A group of Kuwait MPs has submitted a draft law proposing to reduce the number of expats in the country over the next five years. 

The draft law reportedly calls for the establishment of a high-level panel, headed by the interior ministry, to monitor the country’s demographic structure.

It is aimed at striking a balance between the number of expats and Kuwaiti nationals, who account for just 30% of the population currently. The law will stipulate that the size of any single foreign community should not exceed 30% of total foreigners in Kuwait.

However, domestic helpers, contract workers and children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis will be exempted, it said.

A similar draft law was previously submitted to the Assembly.

However, it was never debated by the interior panel due to possible difficulties in implementing it.

Recently, a Kuwait-based human rights group called for abolishing the country’s kafala system, which is seen by many as a form of slavery.

Kuwait Association for the Fundamentals of Human Rights said the kafala system should be abolished and replaced with rules according to international standards. The group also highlighted the deportation of thousands of foreign workers inKuwait every year.

It criticized the segregation of expats and Kuwaitis at public health centers, describing the practice as discriminatory.

Foreigners account for up to 70% of Kuwait’s 4.4 million population. In this year’s InterNations Expat Insider Survey, the country was voted the worst in the world for expats.

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