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Wednesday , September 30 2020

MPs proposes 15% Indians, Filipinos and 10% Egyptians, Bangladeshi demographics

KUWAIT CITY, May 27: MP Badr Al-Mulla and other Mps submitted a proposal for a draft law to correct the demographics, pointing out that the current imbalances are one of the problems that the country has suffered in recent years, and its effects have dangerously exposed at the time of Corona virus crisis as it was found that there is a lot of access workers.

MP Bader Al-Mulla

Al-Mulla said that the demographics do not stop at the limits of the percentage of the numbers of citizens in relation to the number of expats, but rather indicate an imbalance in the percentage of those nationalities in relation to the number of citizens.

Some nationalities have crossed the peak to the number of citizens, which carries a security risk and an indication of national security imbalance.

He pointed out that the proposal established a law that specifies the maximum percentage of these nationalities in relation to the number of Kuwaitis.
The draft law specifies a certain percentage for the main communities in the country 15% of Indians, Filipinos and Sri Lankan’s. 10% Egyptian, Nepalis, Bangladeshi. 5% Vietnamese and so on and 3% of other communities to the number of Kuwaitis. It is prohibited to bring any person from this community to work in the event that the number of its community exceeds the number of citizens.

He added that the proposal comes in light of what the legislator perceives as fear of some public officials agreeing to exceptions to exceed these stipulated proportions, pointing to the sponsors ’proposal to criminalize the actions of public officials who violate the provisions of its law.

The proposal contains many articles, which are :
Article (1): The provisions of this law apply to all nationalities permitted to enter the State of Kuwait. It exempts citizens of the GCC states, the husband and children of a Kuwaiti citizen, domestic workers, and laborers for government contracts, heads and members of political missions dispatched to Kuwait and their spouses and children, heads of state and their family members, international transportation operators, and members of military missions of countries with which Kuwait has security agreements.

Article (2): The nationalities percentage is calculated according to the ratio and proportion to the number of Kuwaiti citizens.
Table No. 1 of this law defines the ratio of each nationality in relation to the number of citizens.
Each of them is a maximum for this nationality, and it does not include in the calculation of those percentages what is mentioned in Article (1), government authorities should take the necessary measures to reduce the percentage of nationalities in Kuwait, according to what is stipulated in this law.

Article (3): It is not permissible to bring any worker to the State of Kuwait if the nationality percentage has exceeded the permissible limit mentioned in Table No. 1 and the prohibition of recruitment remains in effect until the foreign nationality percentage falls below the percentage stipulated in Table No. 1.
Every 3 months the Central Bureau of Statistics should provide government offices total percentage for each nationality every 3 months.

Article (4): Government authorities are prohibited from transferring domestic labor into employment of private or oil sector, neither convert visit into a residence for work, neither visit to dependent and neither renew the residence of the workers of government contracts after government project has ended.

Article (5): Law breakers to be punished with imprisonment that does not exceed 10 years and a fine that does not exceed 100,000 dinars, or either of these two penalties, every public employee who orders or agrees to bring in a worker despite the nationality exceeding that the worker belongs to the percentage stipulated in Table No. (1).

Article (6): Public official He / she shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding five years and a fine not exceeding 50,000 dinars, or with either of these two penalties who orders or agrees to convert a person into a work residence or renews it on towards a violation of the provisions of Article No. (4).

Article (7): In addition to the penalties prescribed for the crimes mentioned in Articles 5 and 6, the perpetrator shall be dismissed from the public office.

Article (10): The ministers, each within his jurisdiction, shall implement this law and it shall enter into force from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

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