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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 13: The number of expatriates who left the labor market has increased with the cancellation of the work permits of 10,880 expatriates during the period from January 12 to February 10, which extends to 30 days.
According to official statistics issued by the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM), the number of expatriate workers who left the labor market and whose work permits were cancelled during that period amounted to 363 per day.
The reasons for the cancellation varied, as 4,024 work permits were cancelled because of the expatriates’ final travel, 611 work permits due to death of the holders, 257 work permits were transferred to family visa, and 5,988 for residency outside the country.
In addition, the number of work permits renewed for expatriate workers during the same period reached about 99,142.
About 30 work permits were transferred to family visa, 54 permits for transfer to the government sector were canceled, 14 work permits were issued for transfer from the government sector, and two for Gulf workers.
The figures revealed that the number of work permits issued with the approval of the Council of Ministers within three days increased by more than 21 percent on February 10, which is by 77 permits to reach a total of 439 work permits, compared to 362 permits on February 7. Meanwhile, the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) said 99,000 residents renewed work permits between Jan 12 and Feb 10, 2021, reports Al-Qabas daily.
The PAM statistics show the total number of workers whose residence permits have expired while outside the country has risen to 6,000, in addition to more than 4,000 who requested the cancellation of their work permit in order to leave the country.
According to statistics, PAM approved 11,000 university degrees, and 47,000 companies benefited from the Authority’s electronic services. The statistic also showed that the work permits of 5,000 Kuwaiti employees in the private sector have been updated, while 1,556 work permits have been cancelled.
By Fares Al-Abadan Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies