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Committee proposes plan to reduce 520,000 expats to address demographic imbalance

IIK Staff Reporter
Monday, August 10, 2020
Committee proposes plan to reduce 520,000 expats to address demographic imbalance

The Kuwait government developed a plan to address the defect in the demographics and reviewed by the Minister of Social Affairs and Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel yesterday during the Parliamentary Human Resources Development Committee meeting.

The plan requires removing 520,000 expatriates from the country. The plan did not set a timetable for implementation.

The plan is divided into the short, medium and long term.

The short term plan is to remove 360,000 expatriates which include the deportation of 120,000 workers who are in violation of the law, the reduction of around 150,000 employee and their family members who are over 60 years old or suffering from chronic diseases and getting rid of around 90,000 illiterate or marginal workers.

In the medium and long term plan, the government is targeting a gradual replacement of 160,000 jobs in the private and public sectors.

The medium and long term solutions included employing technology and digital transformation to reduce the dependency on expatriate workers. This also suggests smart recruitment for expatriate workers by dealing with international agencies for recruitment / professional qualifications system.

The committee asked the government to clarify the timetables for implementing its plan. The committee will complete its report next week before submitting it to the council for approval.

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Scaria Varughese
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
@Ali (useless troll)
In other thread you said 100k people times 100kd equals 10 billion, here you reached 100 billion. Are you going to revise further? LOL
Govt. don''t need the unwanted expat employers or employees, so they can dig a ditch in Timbuktu for all they care. You also will be out soon :)

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
500,000 expats with average 200 KD salary means 100, 000,000 (100 billion ) KD loss to the exchequer. Who will compensate loss to the employers? Tragic situation but needed.

Sureshkumar Gopalkrishnan
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Kuwait has been the source of our bread and butter for so long time.
Kuwait has all the right to decide the rules in their country and we should gracefully accept the same, whenever it reach our doorsteps.
God willing, when one door closes another will open.

Monday, August 10, 2020
Great move by govt to remove people above 60 years, expatriates. There is too many staff in private companies above 60 years. They should give chance to youngsters rather than hanging in the position for a long time.

Monday, August 10, 2020
All OK. Reduce Expatriate. Some buildings have displayed board, flats for rent. Many small shops are shutting down because there is no business.

Monday, August 10, 2020
Appreciate the Government plans but expecting the clear measurements to the replacement.

Some useless fellow comment here about Ram mandhir.
Don''t make communal violence.if you want to talk this subject go to india and talk.

Suresh Kumar
Monday, August 10, 2020
Great proposal. 50-60 % of 520000 will be from India. They can go to Ayodhya for building temple.

Scaria Varughese
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Great plan, now you need a genius to put the replacement plan in motion. When dependence on expatriates is transferred to machines, not a single expat will dare to say things like ''Kuwait need expats'' or ''Kuwait will not run without expats'' or ''Kuwaitis cannot work without expats support''.
Now let all the useless expats come out and claim injustice and violation of the Geneva Convention :)

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