Kuwait plans to sack all expats in public sector jobs

Published:  30 Oct at 6 PM
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Kuwait is planning to replace all expatriates in the public sector with Kuwaiti nationals.

According to a recent report in the Kuwait Times, the Kuwaiti government’s Civil Service Commission is aiming to staff all jobs in the admin, media, IT, PR, development and statistics sectors with Kuwaiti nationals. In addition, 95 per cent of all jobs in the financial, scientific, economic and commercial sectors are also to be filled by nationals. An employment committee made up of members of the Kuwaiti National Assembly is being tasked with examining the plan to combat Kuwaiti national unemployment simply by sacking all expats and replacing them with locals.

Meanwhile, MP Safa al Hashem is up in arms again after returning from an international parliamentary conference during which she was voted in as a deputy committee chairperson. The long-term anti-expatriate campaigner is urging the government to charge expats for everything they use whilst in the emirate, including the air they breathe as well as medical services, infrastructure and more. The lawmaker is infamously anti-foreigner, and is the only woman in the National Assembly. Her latest rant was spurred by a debate on a proposal aimed at changes in laws on taxation in support of the emirate’s development plans, inspiring al Hashem to wave her arms and scream that the law will be applied to Kuwaiti nationals ‘over my dead body’.

It’s not certain how many expat professionals are concerned about the security of their jobs given the anti-expat nature of much that goes on in the Kuwaiti parliament, Nowadays, Kuwait is found at the bottom of annual expat surveys, and local media features reports about expat deportations on a regular basis, although it’s mostly unskilled workers who’re being shown the door. The emirate’s ratings in the personal happiness, leisure, friendliness and ease of settling in are invariably set at rock bottom, with expat forums wondering why anyone goes there by choice as the quality of life, healthcare and feeling welcome categories are also on the bottom rung. Even the job security ratings only managed a feeble 26 out of the 65 countries surveyed by Expat Insider, and health, safety and wellbeing ranked 58 out of 65.
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