The Legal and Legislative Committee of the National Assembly of Kuwait approved the Expatriate Quotas Bill which could lead to the departure of 8 Lakh Indians from the country.
The National Assembly’s Legal and Legislative Committee has determined that the expatriate quota bill is constitutional, Gulf News reported, citing a report from local media.
The bill, according to which the Indians should not exceed 15% of the population, must be transferred to the respective committee so that a global plan can be created.
The outlet said that “this could lead to the departure of 800,000 Indians from Kuwait, the Indian community constituting the largest expatriate community in Kuwait, totaling 1.45 million”.
Out of the 4.3 million inhabitants of Kuwait, expatriates represent 3 million.
Anti-expat rhetoric has exploded since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with lawmakers and government officials calling for a reduction in the number of foreigners in Kuwait.
According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 49,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country.
The report said that “last month, the Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah, proposed to reduce the number of expatriates from 70% to 30% of the population”.