India follows up demographics issue in Kuwait
India is closely following up the recent developments in Kuwait’s demographics issue after the National Assembly’s Legislative Committee approved the related bill and seeks to gradually reduce the number of expatriates into the country.
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava revealed in a statement about the discussion of this issue between the foreign ministers of India and Kuwait during a recent phone conversation. “We share excellent bilateral relations that are deeply rooted in the ties between people, and the Indian community in Kuwait is highly valued, as well as elsewhere in the Gulf, and their contributions are well recognized,” he said.
Last month, Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah proposed reducing the number of expats from 70 per cent to 30 per cent of the population, the report said.
One million in Kuwait, which constitutes the largest foreign community in the country with a population of 4.3 million, and Kuwaitis make up 1.3 million of them, while expatriates represent the rest. According to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15 per cent of Kuwait’s population.
The classification of Indian labor according to the Indian Embassy in Kuwait, there are about 28,000 Indians working for the Kuwaiti government in various jobs such as nurses and engineers in the Kuwaiti oil companies and a few scientists, and that a majority of Indians, who are 523,000, work in private sector jobs.
This could result in 800,000 Indians leaving Kuwait, as the Indian community constitutes the largest expat community in the country, totalling 1.45 million.