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Reduce number of foreigners to bring demographic balance: Officials
October 8, 2016, 8:08 am
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2,276,193 expatriates from over 120 countries living in Kuwait

There are 2,276,193 foreigners from more than 120 countries worldwide living in Kuwait, making up two-third of the total population of Kuwait. However, 90 percent of these foreigners are of seven nationalities, with the Indian expatriate community of 895,348 members in the forefront followed by Egyptian community with 586,387 members, reports Al-Shahed daily.

According to official statistics, Filipino community is in third place with 241,268 members, followed by Bangladeshi community with 198,151 members, Syrian community with 145,328 members, Pakistani community with 109,853 members and Sri Lankan community in seventh place with 99,858 members.

These numbers include those with jobs in public or private sectors and their family members, but not those staying the country illegally with expired residence permits.

Members of the Jordanian Palestinian community in Kuwait, which had reached its peak of around 500,000 in the late 1980s, had reduced dramatically after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August 1990 and the subsequent Gulf War. Several officials have been calling for reducing the number of expatriates in order to bring about demographic balance in the country.

Source: Arab Times

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