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364,500 expats entered Kuwait in last 5 years

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 20: According to official statistics, 364,500 expatriate workers entered the country in the last five years, reports Al-Qabas daily.

More than 50 percent of these employees are registered as construction workers, security guards, operators of heavy equipment and truck drivers.

Topping the list of expatriate employees who entered the country in the last five years is Indians with a total of 175,000 citizens, followed by Egyptians with 80,000.

This means the rate of Indians exceed Egyptians by 120 percent. On the other hand, the numbers of Pakistanis reduced by 12,000 during this period to reach a total of 80,000, followed by Sri Lankans with 8,500 and Iranians with nearly 4,321 to reach a total of 22,600.

Speaking to the daily, State Minister for Economic Affairs Mariam Al-Aqeel revealed that handling the demographic imbalance will require a roadmap starting with estimation of the labor needs by Public Authority for Manpower and not by government bodies, and setting minimum qualifications for taking up skilled professions.

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