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Quota for each expat nationality: Subaih

Minister Hind Al-Subaih
Minister Hind Al-Subaih

KUWAIT: Kuwait’s demographic imbalance problem has not been resolved yet, and it seems that some of the suggested solutions involve setting quotas for each nationality according to their numbers in Kuwait. Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Planning and Development Hind Al-Subaih said that the Cabinet discussed a study during its last meeting on Kuwait’s demographic structure and referred it to the educational ministry committee to prepare a final report.

“We have been preparing the study for long,” Subaih noted, adding that it took time to make sure the plan would help organize the labor market, especially with the increase in the numbers of marginal laborers. Subaih added that the Cabinet is still waiting for the final report detailing each community’s population compared to that of Kuwaitis, so that a quota could be set per nationality.

Notably, the report showed that citizens were only 31 percent of the population according to the 2014 census, because recruiting expats was not being done according to a specific demographic policy. – Al-Rai

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