Kuwait: 447,000 residency permits cancelled in 2020

Kuwait: 447,000 residency permits cancelled in 2020

Kuwait: 447,000 residency permits cancelled in 2020

More than 447,000 residency permits in Kuwait have been cancelled in 2020, local media reported.

According to the Central Statistical Bureau migration report 2020, these include 276,000 employees in the private sector, who had their residency revoked, nearly 14,000 in the government sector, while 94,000 domestic workers gave up their residencies and 63,000 individuals on family residency permits had departed from the country.

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The report revealed that the total number of residency violators in the past year was 42,234 expats, most of whom had temporary residency, and domestic workers came in second place, with a total of 12,000.

The report stated that Kuwait granted new residency permits to 30,588 expats in the past year, which is the lowest number compared to the past three years.

Official figures also revealed that more than 83,000 domestic workers have left the labor market in two months (between February and April), either due to loss of residency visa from expiry or non-renewal by their sponsors, or because they departed from the country permanently, causing a sharp decline in the number of domestic workers in Kuwait, Al Rai daily reported.

According to the figures issued by the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), the number of domestic workers decreased from February to April showing a decline of 11.59 percent.

April’s figures indicate that the total number of domestic workers registered in the Ministry of Interior stood at 636,525 as compared to 719,988 in February.