Kuwait's expat quota bill could force 8 lac Indians to leave country


Daijiworld Media Network - Kuwait (SHP)

Kuwait, Jul 6: The legal and legislative committee of Kuwait's National Assembly has approved the draft expat quota bill which could result in over 8 lac Indians leaving the country.

The committee has determined that the draft of the expat quota bill is constitutional. A report by the Gulf News stated that according to the bill, Indians should not exceed 15 percent of the population.



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The bill would be further transferred to the respective committee so that a comprehensive plan is constructed.

With a major share of expats in Kuwait being the Indians, it is likely that over 8 lac of them could find themselves returning back to India. As per reports, Indian expats constitute over 1.45 million of the 4.3 million population of the country, making them the largest expat community.

The anti-expat movement began in Kuwait since the beginning of the pandemic. Following which the lawmakers and government officials have called for a reduction in the number of foreigners in Kuwait.

In the last month, Kuwait's Prime Minister, Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah had also proposed decreasing the number of expats from 70 percent to 30 percent of the population.

  

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  • Lawrence, Mangalore

    Tue, Jul 7 2020

    India can absorb all of its 18 million citizens working worldwide. When they return to their motherland, they are not returning as destitute but returning with their life time savings, skills and positive attitudes. They are all above average of resident Indians. Israel kept her doors open for Jews from all over the world to come back and settle down. Now we can see how this country is advancing and become prosperous.

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  • Jemma, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jul 7 2020

    Agreed, they are All? Above average resident Indians. All ? Loaded with Kuwaiti
    dinars.
    But No Adhar Card. Not used to taxes, Bakshis culture. Five Point paddle at ⛽️ petrol pump etcetera. Power fail, Mosquitos, Other Rashtra culture is bonus.
    If they are loaded, means they need medication and specialized doctors.
    Rest who are Not above average line up for BPL rations.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Jul 7 2020

    Indian govt. should ban Indians from taking up unskilled/labour type jobs abroad..Indians working abroad in menial jobs does not befit the status of wannabe vishwa guru, make in India, 5 trillion economy, bullet train, chandrayan, covid vaccine etc. etc.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    The Petro dollar dreams have finally got busted.. The massive volumes of expatriates arriving back home, will certainly create social unrest... Unemployment is the biggest stumbling block...The wise who invested wisely, will survive, the others, will certainly face an uncertain future !!!!!

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    The Gulf is not a permanent place, and if the people are not prudent, it will being them a lot of grief. On account of extremely fast moving technology and with the further spread of COVID-19 there will be major changes in the whole world.

    By the way things are going the world the dependence on 'hydro-carbons" is going to be drastically reduced. Oil in particular will suffer the biggest disadvantages. For those who trade on the Futures Market, oil traded -$37 a barrel in Feb/March 2020, which means Oil exporters paid international brokers money to buy their oil.

    The major focus will be on renewable and clean energy as there will be very little or no demand for oil. The stone age came to an end, not because they ran out of stones, but they found iron ore.

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Don't worry about Kuwaiti repatriation of Indians
    India have the capacity to accommodate not only 8 lakh,it has capacity to accommodate more than 8 million.
    This bill it self gives negative result on
    Kuwaiti economy.

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  • Kalim, Manipal

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    India already having employment problem

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  • sense_Shetty, mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    I do not know people who are crying over this bill ..Its good for India and Indians ..
    Come and invest in India manufacturing sector..you will be richer than working in Kuwait or any other gulf nations ..as the oil demands will be low due to alternate fuel surge ..like electric cars and solar panels ..Oil will be cheaper than Water..
    Right time to return and invest or work in India ..

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  • Rakesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    If its oil is cheaper then water why its too high price in india ? today's its 42$ per barel

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  • sense_Shetty, mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    I said "Will be cheaper" ..within next 10 years ..all fossil based fuels will be phased ..so you wont be buying petrol at all ..
    The govt is trying recover some money and fill its treasury ..to confront China militarily ..
    So its a fair play by the govt ..also one needs to stay inside ..not roam around in their swanky bikes and show off ..Covid 19 social distancing

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Mr. Senseless Shetty, Petrol & Diesel will remain forever. There will be alternate energy but it will never replace the Gasoline for sure!!! Where as your Chaiwala Chacha increasing the price of the Gasoline not for Military or Defence purpose it's purely for Election and MLA purchasing purpose!!!!!

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  • francis lobo, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    I think this is the right decision by the Kuwait government at a right time. As the oil prices are dropping the economy also shrinks. The future is of an electric vehicle, solar electric power, non-conventional energy sources. The UK already made coal usage 0% in their power production and this will happen all over the world. Motor vehicles will become more solar or electric with a reduction in fugitive gases and a clean environment.

    It is time all the middle east starts scaling down the oil production and concentrates on self-dependence on its own people. These job losses will happen if not today maybe in 1 or 2 years. So it is time for ex-pats of any country to say goodbye and migrate to safe destinations like Canada if you have money else return to India and live within your income limits.

    The middle east countries will not give permanent residency to any ex-pat and with the increasing fraud by expats they will gradually realise the worth of their own people .

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  • Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Loss for them. We are a hard working, innovative, trustworthy and law abiding diaspora wherever we go.

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  • AY, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    People should stop this petty politcs ( I am not supporting any party) but instead PREPARE.

    It will ultimately IMPACT YOU as an Individual. It is also better not to depend too much on any government whether you are for or against it.

    A major GLOBAL financial recession will make its impact soon. People SHOULD stock up on what is necessary and also consider investing in safe haven assets (reccession - proof).

    When the situation becomes WORSE( hyperinflation, unemployment etc), then the RIOTING, LOOTING and FIGHTING will start. On the other hand, we have rogue and war hungry neighbours. People who are saying 2020 is bad don't have any clue about the future. It is wrong to expect everything will be resolved in the future.

    I am not spreading fear but if you DON'T prepare, you might be unexpectedly caught up with a fearful situation.

    At the same time, we can hope and pray to GOD that such events do not take place. Please Prepare.

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  • Sadiq, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Welcome back to India.. Now India reached 3rd place in Superpower . Do not worry till November 2020.

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Welcome to mother country
    Aatma Nirbhar Abiyan will register your future
    Vande Bharat mission please arrange for the final journey with cheaper rate.

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  • chris, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    It is end for the many people who dream of Gulf . But what will People come and do in India when there is no jobs and all . I belive days are not far when there will be revolt in India with all the prices going up and no job stability and income with people to spend

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Prices of veggies in Mumbai have skyrocketed by 200% in last few days! Many too end restaurants are shutting down permanently as their business has dropped by 90%! Rental flats are getting vacated due to loss of jobs! Those depending on flat rentals are in big trouble...list goes on and on...

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  • Santosh, Mangalore / Dubai

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Mere Desh Ki Dharti!
    Sona Ugle, Ugle heere mothi,
    Mere Desh Ki Dharti!
    I want to be a farmer, that,s my next project for my land.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Oh, you are welcome. Right in time, Karnataka govt has freed the restriction of agriculture land purchase that was earlier limited to agriculturists only.

    There is no joy better than that you feel when a sapling you planted bears fruit.

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  • Santosh, Mangalore / Dubai

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    right time to fulfill the dreams.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Kuwait is planning to decrease it's expat population from 70% to 30%. Meaning, it's not sending back 'Indians only' but workers of other countries too. Unfortunately, the returning expats will be more Indians because Kuwait has more Indian workers than any other country.

    Now, how do the other countries, whose workers are returning, coping with the situation ? Do they have a PM as intelligent as Modi who has kept 'Make in India' ready for the returning expatriates ? I don't think so. All other PMs are dumb, Modi is dynamic.

    Let's celebrate.

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalorev/Abudhabi

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Kindly let us know What Make in India plans by Mr.Modi .So that when i come back it easy for us to find solutions. Modi talks only .Even when he visited here in gulf countries given big speeches.Now he us least bothered to back the people stranded here .I know my friends who working with me from few other countries who went to their country this corona time .Their Govt given them.stay at good hotel s with fully paid by their Government .Now this time so many in India lost their jobs .Then how Modi can provide the jobs for gulf returnees. Just blindly do not praise .

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Jossy Tauro,

    We have many Andh-Bhakts here who will answer your question about what Modi has kept ready to welcome you guys.

    I have done sufficient awakening with my sarcasm.

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    "For every new born a provision is made". Have you not read in your books since childhood? Do not worry look skywards something may fall down. your sarcasm should reach up there. Any guts to question the one who promised this.

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  • Amit, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    For you and all, even for us "Make in India " is Chai-Pakoda, where as little extended business we can add "Biscuit Ambade & Golibaje" also!
    That is the only "Make in India " since last six years!!!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Other gulf countries will follow suit as their financial health is in a tizzy! A prosperous & largest oil company like Saudi Aramco is running into losses, cut it's majorexpansion plans means just imagine?

    All these gulf returnees will further add to the worsening job situation in India, future seems bleak!

    Socioeconomic effects of CORONA conundrum will bring a recession more bigger than 2008!
    Over and above of we start a trade war with China we will be doomed!

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  • basavanna, belman

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    This is a right step in the right direction. In fact they should proposed this long back. No country will keep their citizens unemployed while employing expatriates. There are many questions to be answered.
    1. Who will work when majority of the kuwaitis dont work.
    2. Who will do the work of house maids in their houses?, also who will clean the streets?
    3. What will happen to real estate as majority of the residential and commercial buildings belong to real estate mafia.

    My answer to all the above questions are in the negative.

    I dont see any chance of passing this bill in the parliament.

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  • Shan, Udupi

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    I reached dubai in 1975 and found that dubai was like mumbai. People use to call dirham as rupees. Wherever I see in shops, streets etc only Indians. I did not find any difference between India and Dubai. When quota bill came in Dubai the emigration started checking how many people are working in the company and emigration use to reject the visa application if quota is not fulfilled. Now you will see
    Nepalese,chinese,Philippines, Kenyan,etc. Now in Dubai more than 200 nationalities are employed in Dubai.olden days we use to see only indian housemaids. Now you will see Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Russians,Africans etc.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    The exodus of Indians from the middle east nations and software techies from USA, will have a cascading, social and economic impact in society.... The nation is going to loose out, massive volumes of foreign exchange. How on earth, wiil these expatriates gain lucrative employment, in this period of recession ????

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  • Harsha, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Do not worry. India under the leadership of PM Modi will find another country to to export Indian Techies & get them lucrative jobs.

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Most never appreciated the NRIs within India. The rich with ancestral wealth thought NRIs getting to their levels, which was annoying for them. NRIs contributed immensely, specially in the development of southern states. Property, education, health sectors actually got an immense boost, but unfortunately, barring Kerala, no other state made real effort to appreciate their work.

    The way center and states abandoned them was really heartening and sad in the covid crisis. It is specially, this lethargy that is costing expat jobs today, unlike anytime before. They are now bound to add to the unemployment crisis within India. Property, education, health, FMCG sector industries and jobs will be in deep crisis.

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    People... don't worry. All countries are sending Indians back, so that Modi's 'MAKE IN INDIA' will be a success. Let's welcome them back.

    So far we were lamenting 'brain drain' 'brain drain' - now there is an end. Brains are back. Welcome back. Start the motors of your 'Make in India' factories.

    Hurry !

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  • Roshan Rodrigues, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    This is one Arab country's decision what about others...?No one can think what going to happen.
    Still we Indians enjoy with Thali, Gali, Bashan,..........................
    Government will work on this or Government going to think how we can make our country like China economy . Make changes Opportunity in door step don't fool the county people

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  • Roshan, Mangalore / Abu Dhabi

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Modi must keep aside communal politics & divide & rule policy which resulting in zero developments & dead economy. Must follow "united we stand " policy and result will be prosperity. will he do it???

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  • Jemma, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Bad and Sad news. Time to live in the new world order. Nothing will happen overnight, but sure to mature in due course.
    Good and relevent education is the only way forward. My Barath is put to test and it is up to us to trust or rust. Goli, Boli and Bhashan days are gone.
    Let us forget what wrong congress did, But resolve what right can be done today.
    How far can we go accusing history.
    Enough is Enough, show what you can you can do as ruling Sarkar.

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  • AY, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    People were criticizing H1b visa suspension a few days ago. Now the gulf countries have started doing the same. Which country will give priority to other people over its citizens? When there are high chances of financial recession and massive unemployment, we cannot expect countries to continue with their previous policies. America says America First. India says India First (vocal for local, atmanirbhar Bharat etc). Kuwait says KuwaitIis First (even though expatriate population is high).
    You cannot say (Jobs lost or damages to both countries/alliances etc) or DEMAND anything here. It is NOT our country. If you are told/forced to leave, then you must pack up and leave. Expatriates should always prepare for this. If they are unable to repay loans or if they mess things up, they will not be allowed to leave. People should also stock up on essentials (especially food) before the GLOBAL financial recession makes headway. Recession + Virus + Lack of Resources = DANGER. I am not spreading fear but please be aware. Please prepare for any situation.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    What is the use of all his International Tours & Travels ...

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  • AY, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    People were criticizing H1b visa suspension a few days ago. Now the gulf countries have started doing the same. Which country will give priority to other people over its citizens? When there are high chances of financial recession and massive unemployment, we cannot expect countries to continue with their previous policies. America says America First. India says India First (vocal for local, atmanirbhar Bharat etc). Kuwait says KuwaitIis First (even though expatriate population is high).
    You cannot say (Jobs lost or damages to both countries/alliances etc) or DEMAND anything here. If you are told/forced to leave, then you must pack up and leave. Expatriates should always prepare for this. If they are unable to repay loans or if they mess things up, they will not be allowed to leave. People should also stock up on essentials before the GLOBAL financial recession makes headway. Recession + Virus + Lack of Resources = DANGER. I am not spreading fear but please be aware. Please prepare for any situation.

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  • Prakash, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    Welcome to India. Spend your hard earned money, savings wisely.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Mon, Jul 6 2020

    It is a sorry state of affairs that if the expat quota bill is passed by the Kuwaiti government many Indians will be forced to leave the country. Nobody can do anything as is a decision or order taken by the government of Kuwait.

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