KUWAIT CITY, Oct 24: The rate of increase in the number of expatriates has decreased by 65 percent in 2017 for the first time since 1992, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The Demographics Affairs Committee of the Cabinet carried out a comparative study as per which the number of non-Kuwaitis increased by 125,694 in 2017 compared to last year.
The number of non-Kuwaitis increased by 358,719 compared to 2015. This indicates that the rate of increase in the number of expatriates is reducing. According to sources, the reason behind such a reduction is the decisions taken by Ministry of Interior and Public Authority for Manpower to trim down the number of marginal workers. This can be considered as one of the achievements of the supreme demographic council.
The sources stressed that the decrease in the number of non-Kuwaitis has contributed to decrease in the total population of Kuwait in 2017 including Kuwaitis and non- Kuwaitis such that only 35 percent increase was observed in 2016.
Meanwhile, the study revealed that the number of Kuwaiti citizens have been increasing at a range of 30,000 to 32,000 per year with 51 percent of male population and 49 percent female population.