Local news paper Alqabas reported that The meeting of the Parliamentary Human Resources Development Committee concluded the day before yesterday with a number of government agencies to the necessity of introducing legislative amendments to the law of residence of foreigners and increasing fees for expatriates, while the committee gave the government two weeks to provide clear visions of its plans to address the imbalances of the demographics,
and Quota for Nationalities and determining the length of stay for the expatriate in the country. Sources attending the meeting revealed that government representatives threw a ball to amend the legislation of the demographics , and that the Parliamentary Committee requested the broad lines of the required amendments in order to adopt them and expedite their issuance of a law before breaking the current session.
She added, “During the meeting, representatives of the Ministry of the Interior stated that two countries did not cooperate with Kuwait in deporting their workers, amid parliamentary demands to take measures with these two countries equal to the size of the damage inflicted on Kuwait from this position.” For his part, the head of the committee, Deputy Khalil Al-Saleh, announced that there was a failure that caused the high number of expatriates and the financial and social costs it entailed.
Al-Saleh told A that the committee will direct a number of inquiries to the government side about the government plan to reduce the percentage of non-Kuwaitis in the country, stressing that there is no alternative to draining the sources of residency trade and specifying a nationality quota with a maximum limit for the expatriate’s residence in the country.
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The Human Resources Development Committee gave the government two weeks to submit written responses to the committee on a package of demands related to the government’s perceptions of plans to address the imbalances in the demographics and the “quota” of nationalities and determine the length of stay of the expatriate in the country. Sources revealed that the committee’s meeting held last Tuesday witnessed a parliamentary government consensus to introduce legislative amendments to the Aliens Residence Law and the fees law, in terms of increasing fees for expatriates, noting that government representatives threw the ball to amend the legislation in the court of the Majlis.
The sources pointed out that the Supreme National Committee to address the imbalances of the demographics, asked for an opportunity to present its views on the issue and achieve progress on the ground. She added, “During the meeting, representatives of the Ministry of Interior stated that two countries did not cooperate with Kuwait in the deportation of their two workers, amid parliamentary demands to take measures with these two countries that are equivalent to the size of the damage inflicted on Kuwait from this position.” For his part, Chairman of the Parliamentary Human Resources Development Committee, Khalil Al-Saleh, announced that the Supreme National Committee for Population Formation has been given two weeks to present its report on the period of time to complete its mission
regarding the file of demographics, stressing that there was inaction that caused the high increase in the number of expatriates and the financial and social costs it entailed. Al-Saleh said in a press statement that the committee discussed the issue of demographics and how to deal with it, pointing out that there is a supreme national committee to change the demographics created since 2014, but has not submitted any project yet.
Al-Saleh explained that the governmental bodies that attended the meeting explained to the committee what happened and what will be worked on at the present time, pointing out that the committee asked them to submit all reports on this subject within two weeks, especially the specific time period and numbers that will be changed. And Al-Saleh stated that the committee also discussed the issue of quotas and nationalities that will be dealt with in the future, especially as the number of Kuwaitis reaches approximately one million and 400 thousand people compared to three million expatriates, which is a high percentage, as the number of citizens did not reach 50 percent of them, stressing that There is no alternative to draining the sources of residence permits and specifying a quota for nationalities, while specifying a maximum limit for expatriate residency in the country.
Al-Saleh added that the government’s vision on this issue was discussed, especially that the Corona crisis revealed the presence of infiltrations for expatriates, in addition to that there are expatriates who do not want to leave the country. He said that this issue is comprehensive and very large, especially that any expatriate who comes to Kuwait enjoys very large financial and social benefits.
Al-Saleh revealed that the government agencies that attended the meeting touched on the issue of amending the residence laws in Kuwait, noting that this is a very important issue. The committee asked them to submit these legislation to the committee for follow-up, especially after the presence of two countries that refused to receive their citizens, which brought the country a great cost. He stressed that one of the biggest mistakes that occurred in the past was the failure to establish 4 projects as labor cities out of 6 projects, which revealed a clear and tangible inaction in this matter.
Al-Saleh pointed out that there will be seriousness on the part of the Human Resources Development Committee in following up this issue.