MP defends tax on expatriates in Kuwait
‘I had to sound the alarm regarding demographic imbalance when citizens are outnumbered by foreigners by two to one’. A Kuwaiti lawmaker who has called for the taxation of foreigners has said her stance was outcome of her patriotism for the country and not because of xenophobia.
Safa Al Hashem, Kuwait’s only female lawmaker, has called for taking strict measures to to address the demographic imbalance in the country. Downplaying her recent comments regarding foreigners, she told the Kuwaiti daily Al Qabas on Thursday that she had “full respect” for expatriates in Kuwait. “But, I had to sound the alarm regarding the demographic imbalance when citizens are outnumbered by foreigners by two to one,” Al Hashem said. “Regardless of how much a country is wealthy, the overuse of its services inevitably drains its resources and undermines its society. There are many unskilled and untrained foreigners doing odd jobs in Kuwait,” Al Hashem said.