Over 8 lakh Indians may be forced to leave Kuwait as country approves Expat quota bill

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The legal and legislative committee of Kuwait`s National Assembly has approved the draft expat quota bill which could result in 8 lakh Indians leaving the country.

The National Assembly`s legal and legislative committee has determined that the draft expat quota bill is constitutional, Gulf News reported citing local media report.

The Bill, according to which Indians should not exceed 15 percent of the population, is to be transferred to the respective committee so that a comprehensive plan is created.

The outlet reported that `this could result in 800,000 Indians leaving Kuwait, as the Indian community constitutes the largest expat community in Kuwait, totalling 1.45 million`.

Of the 4.3 million population of Kuwait, expats account for 3 million. The anti-expat rhetoric have spiked since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic with lawmakers and governmental officials call for reducing the number of foreigners in Kuwait.

According to latest data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 49,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the country.

The report stated that `last month, Kuwait`s prime minister, Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah, proposed decreasing the number of expats from 70 percent to 30 percent of the population`.

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