Kuwaiti lawmaker seeking to repatriate 1.3 million foreigners in 5 years
A Kuwaiti lawmaker's proposal to reduce the number of expatriates in the country by more than 1.3 million in five years has sparked a heated debate in the parliament.
MP Abdullah Al Tamimi's comment that the country's demographic balance required imposing a five-year cap and asking 20 per cent of the foreigners to leave Kuwait every year has triggered off an argument among the members of parliament.
The lawmaker said that it was not acceptable to have higher number of foreigners against Kuwaiti citizens in their own country. Since there 1.2 million Kuwaitis, then the number of expatriates in the country should not exceed that figure, Gulfnews.com reported.
He further said that 1,350,000 foreigners will have to leave the country within the next five years in order to balance out the numbers.
According to official figures that was released in January, out of a total population of 3,965,022 people, the number of Kuwaitis was stated to be 1,242,490, which is slightly less than one third (31.3 per cent) of the estimated overall population.
(Posted on 03-02-2014)