Minister of Social Affairs and Labour Hind Al Subaih has reiterated her denial that the country was planning to deport approximately one million expats. A number of press reports in recent months had suggested that Kuwait was looking to reduce numbers of expats in the country. However, the minister said there are no plans to expel any number of expats from Kuwait, according to international media reports.
She was quoted as saying: “There is no move to deport one million or any other number of foreigners and there are no studies about deporting expatriates.
“Demographic studies focus on the variables of gender, qualifications, social status and the nature of the work of foreigners, in addition to their numbers and ratios compared with Kuwaitis, so that they could be used as database for solutions.”
There are around 2.9 million expats in Kuwait, making up two-thirds of the total population. This high proportion of non-Kuwaiti nationals has prompted lawmakers to call for drastic measures to lower the number of foreigners in the country. For example, a proposal by MP Khalil Abdullah in 2014 to deport 280,000 expats per year for five years to bring their number down to 1.1 million.
MP Abdullah Al Tamimi also suggested that the number of expats be reduced by over 1.3 million in the next five years. He has proposed that no foreign community should make up more than 25 percent of the total number of expats in Kuwait.