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

Vishnu Vasisht

The draft expat quota bill has been approved in Kuwait. As a result, 8 lakh Indians may have to leave the Gulf country. According to the law, the population of Indians in the country cannot be more than 15%. Currently there are about 1.5 million Indians living there. This was said in a media report. The current total population of Kuwait is 4.3 million. Among them, Kuwaitis have a population of 1.3 million, while the number of migrants is 3 million.

The Gulf News report said on Sunday that the draft bill was approved by the Legal and Legislative Committee of the National Assembly of Kuwait. According to the bill, the number of Indians should not exceed 15 percent of the total population. Due to this, 8 lakh Indians may have to leave Kuwait, as the Indian community has a large population of 14.5 lakh.

After the Coronavirus epidemic, Kuwait has been receiving rhetoric between lawmakers and government officials over reducing the number of foreigners. Last month, Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Saba proposed reducing the number of migrants from 70 percent to 30 percent of the population. However, there is no statement on this from the Government of India.

The Indian Embassy established the Indian Workers 'Welfare Center' in 2009 to provide facilities for workers' complaints and to provide accommodation for the stranded domestic workers. Also, arrangements for attaching the work agreement, 24-hour toll-free telephone helpline, free legal advice clinic and help desk for the difficulties faced by Indians were created.

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