Foreign professionals in Kuwait are currently facing serious risks of deportation. Local media report that the Kuwaiti government is considering the reduction of its expatriate population by at least 50% compared to 69% today.
During the first part of 2016, more than 14,000 expatriates have already been deported, compared to a total of 26,600 in 2015. Note that the expatriate community in Kuwait accounts for some 70% of the total population, that is 4.3 million, against 1.3 million Kuwaiti citizens. Moreover, a study conducted by the Central Bureau of Statistics also reveals that 75% of employees in the private sector are expatriates, excluding 600,000 domestic helpers.
According to local media, several causes have been leading to deportation, namely overstay following the expiry of the residence permit and traffic offenses such as driving without a license, skipping red lights, etc.
Local authorities are currently considering other ways to deport expats. Henceforth, a foreign national whose employment contract has been terminated will no longer be allowed to find a new job within three months. They should only receive compensation and be compelled to leave the country upon the expiry of their resident permit.