Kuwait is considering a new bill to limit foreign workers and has even proposed a draft to the National Assembly.
If enacted, the new bill will be a significant hit to around 7-8 lakh Indians working in Kuwait.
While Indians make up the largest expatriate community in Kuwait, the new bill reportedly plans to cut the Indian population by 15 percent.
Indians account for 1.4 million of the total 4.8 million population in Kuwait. After the new law, Indians’ count will come down to 6.5-7 lakh.
Kuwait is considering similar quotas to other nationals too.
Egyptians are the second largest expatriate community in Kuwait, accounting for 10 percent of the overall population.
Kuwait accounts for a significant share of India’s remittance revenues, recorded as USD 4.8 billion in 2018.
The country is now thinking of reducing dependence on foreign workers and improve the share of local workers.
Kuwait PM Sheikh Sabah Khalid Al Sabah is reportedly considering cutting down the number of expats from 70 to 30 percent of the total population.
Though India did not release any statement on this yet, the Indian Embassy is closely watching the developments.
The Indian community in Kuwait has been known for its discipline and law-abiding nature.
To support the Indian community, the Indian Embassy had set up a redressal mechanism to address their concerns.
This includes a 24/7 helpline center, work contract attestation system, free legal advice, and also a helpdesk to guide them on any issue.