8 lakh Indians may have to leave Kuwait...

Dhaka, Tuesday   18 May 2021

8 lakh Indians may have to leave Kuwait

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:54 PM, 6 July 2020  

Photo: Collected

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India is going through many troubles since the last few months. And again, bad news has reported for the country. It is learned that a total of 8 lakh Indians may be forced to leave Kuwait as its National Assembly committee has approved a draft expat quota bill seeking to reduce the number of foreign workers in the Gulf country.

Recently the National Assembly's legal and legislative committee has determined that the expat quota bill is constitutional.

According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15 percent of the population. This could result in 800,000 Indians leaving Kuwait, as the Indian community constitutes the largest expat community in the country, which is around 14,50,000.

The current population of Kuwait is around 43 lakhs where 30 lakhs are migrants. 

Amid a slump in oil prices and the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a spike in anti-expat rhetoric as lawmakers and government officials call for reducing the number of foreigners in Kuwait.

Last month, Prime Pinister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah proposed reducing the number of expats from 70 per cent to 30 per cent of the population.

The expat quota bill will now be referred to the concerned committee for consideration. It states that the Indian expatriate community should not exceed 15 per cent of the national population, which means around 800,000 of them might be required to leave Kuwait.