Kuwait’s parliament has unanimously passed a law to reduce the number of migrant workers. According to a Bloomberg report, the new law gives the government a one-year time limit to reduce the number of migrant workers in the country.
Kuwait is one of the countries dependent on migrant workers. The current population of the country is 46 lakhs. Of these, the number of skilled and unskilled workers who have migrated to the country in the last few decades is around 3.4 million. Due to the new law, many migrant workers are now forced to leave Kuwait and migrate to the country.
According to a Bloomberg report, migrant workers are making a significant contribution to maintaining the dynamics of Kuwait’s oil-dependent economy. However, oil prices have fallen recently due to the Kuwait epidemic. New laws have been enacted to keep the economy active and to balance the number of migrants in the country.
Last June, Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Sab-al-Khalid al-Sabah said that the number of migrants in the country would fall from 60 percent to 30 percent. After his announcement, the government took steps to enact this new immigration law.
According to a law passed by the Parliament of Kuwait in July, the number of Indian migrants to the country cannot exceed 15 percent and the number of migrants from Egypt, the Philippines and Sri Lanka cannot exceed 10 percent. Under the new law, the number of migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Vietnam cannot exceed 5 percent.
The immigration issue in Kuwait is very old. The country’s lawmakers have recently pressured the government to reduce migrant workers. He also called for the introduction of a quota system and the replacement of government-employed migrants with Kuwait.
Many migrant workers are losing their jobs because of the new law.