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9,000 expats deported in first quarter of ’23

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‘About 4,000 women among deportees’

KUWAIT CITY, April 6: According to security sources, 9,000 expatriates of various nationalities have been deported to their countries from January 1, 2023 to March 31, 2023 because of their involvement in criminal and misdemeanor cases, reports Al- Qabas daily. They explained that about 4,000 women were among the deportees.

The Indian community ranked first in the number of deportees, followed by the Filipino community in second place, the Sri Lankan community in third, and the Egyptian in fourth. About 700 men and women are currently in deportation prison. Arrangements are being made for their deportation to their home countries within the next ten days following the completion of the necessary procedures. Deportation of expatriates due to drug abuse and peddling recorded a significant increase during the past three months.

The General Department of Residency Affairs Investigation came at the forefront of the security departments that referred violating expatriates to deportation, due to the expiry of their residency or due to a violation of the labor law. The Public Security Sector ranked second in referring expatriates to deportation. The deportation of 9,000 expatriates to their countries in only three months, i.e. an average of 3,000 expats every 30 days, indicates the rapid pace of deportation, which has become much faster compared to the previous years.

Strict instructions were issued by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Interior and Defense Sheikh Talal Al-Khalid against any form of leniency towards any expatriate who does not abide by the laws of the country and commits serious violations or breaks the law, insisting that the violator should be referred immediately to the concerned authorities without complacency or delay. The sources affirmed that the minister stressed the need to prevent overcrowding in prisons, preserve the dignity of inmates, ensure continuous improvements of deportation prisons, especially with regard to health care, and to apply health requirements for prison inmates

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