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Friday, June 19, 2009

Kuwait to deport 100,000 expats - paper

by Neeraj Gangal
TOUGH STANCE: Kuwait to prevent single expatriate workers from living in private residential areas. (Getty Images)

Kuwait is likely to arrest and accordingly deport close to 100,000 expatriates for being registered with bogus companies, according to a report.

Highـranking security sources in the state told the local Al Watan daily: "A relatively large number of private firms have been issued commercial licenses but do not actually have offices or business activities in the country."

The sources added that it was likely that the owners of the licenses brought expat manpower into the oil exporting country in return for money, without giving them the promised jobs in return.
According to the daily, informed sources said that Kuwait's cabinet has assigned a taskforce to bring to book all those companies engaged in the malpractice.

Al Watan said that the sources suggested that a large section of such manpower engages in menial jobs to make their ends meet, while the majority of them are jobless.

In a related development, Al Watan reported that the minister of public works and minister of state for municipal affairs Dr Fadhil Safar on Thursday affirmed the government''s determination in preventing single expatriate workers from living in private residential areas.

According to the daily, "The minister also expressed shock over the fact that some private companies were found operating within private residential areas without obtaining a clearance from the relevant municipal authorities, noting that the ministry does not condone such malpractices in residential areas."

Early last year, a report revealed that expatriates made up 69% of Kuwait’s total population.

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