New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Kuwait's National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee has approved a draft expat quota bill that could be responsible for forcing at least 8 lakh Indians to leave the country.

According to a report by the Gulf news, The National Assembly’s legal and legislative committee of Kuwait has determined that the draft expat quota bill is constitutional, as citied by the Kuwait local media.

The bill states that Indians should not exceed 15 percent of the population of the country and is now to be transferred to the respective committees so that a comprehensive plan is created.


Indian community constitutes a total of 1.45 million expat community, which is the largest expat community in Kuwait and the move can result in 8,00,000 Indians leaving Kuwait after this, as reported by the outlet. Expats in Kuwait account for a total of 3 million people out of the total population of 4.3 million population of  Kuwait.

 

According to news agency ANI, this move comes as the number of COVID-19 cases has spiked in the country. The anti-expat rhetoric is witnessed building up since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in Kuwait, with the government officials and the lawmakers calling out to reduce the number of foreigners in the country.

According to the reports, last month, Kuwait's Prime minister, Sheikh Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah, had proposed to decrease the number of expats from 70 per cent to 30 per cent of the population.

 

As per the latest data available from Johns Hopkins University, Kuwait has reported more than 49,000 cases of coronavirus in the country.

Posted By: Simran Babbar