The statistics issued by the Central Administration of Statistics show that the number of expatriates in Kuwait has declined over the past three years from around 2,891,255 in 2018 to 2,520,301 in 2021 which means approximately 371,000 foreigners have left the labor market for good.

A local Arabic daily quoting the administration sources said expatriates who obtained work permits in the government decreased during the above mentioned period by about 11 thousand from 107,657 in 2018 to 96,800 in 2021, which can be attributed to the implementation of the Kuwaitization policy which was initiated by the Civil Service Commission in 2017, amid expectations that the number will decrease to less than that as the policy continues.

The statistic indicated a decrease in the number of domestic workers by about 115,700, bringing their number in 2021 down to about 591,368 from more than 707,000 in 2018, and the decline in numbers is due to the crisis of domestic workers that the country witnessed during the Corona pandemic and the obstacles facing the recruitment policy.

The decline also affected the number of expatriates working in the private sector, as it declined to about 1,249,000 in 2021 to 1,531,000 in 2018.

Regarding residence violators, the statistics show the cumulative number rose by about 51,000 in three years, and reached 151,690 in 2021, while it was 100,560 violators in 2018.

The total number of canceled residencies in 2021 was 59,000, mostly for the following residency categories:

19,000 temporary residences

6,380 government work permits

16,853 businessmen in the private sector

5,533 residences of domestic workers

11,136 dependent residence permits

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