Kuwait Cabinet Approves Quotas For Expats
The National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee decided yesterday, that a draft law submitted by five MPs proposing a quota system for expatriate communities is in line with the Kuwaiti constitution and laws. The committee decided to refer the bill to the concerned committee that will study all legislation related to expatriates in the country with the aim to cut their numbers.
The proposal calls for reducing the number of expatriates in the country that include – Indians not exceeding 15 percent of the total number of Kuwaitis, while the number of Egyptians, Filipinos and Sri Lankans each not to exceed 10 percent of the Kuwaitis while the quota of the Bangladeshis, Nepalese, Pakistanis and Vietnamese is fixed at 3 percent respectively.
This roughly works out to one million Indians, half a million Egyptians, 83 thousand Filipinos, 25 thousand Sri Lankans, since these three nationalities make the bulk of foreigners in the country.
The legal committee also decided to lift the immunity of two lawmakers suspected to be involved in the corruption scandal allegedly run by a Bangladeshi MP currently detained in Kuwait.
The two MPs said they asked the committee to lift their immunity so they could be interrogated by the public prosecution in order to clear their names, denying that they had anything to do with the scandal.