Kuwait Times, Sunday, Jan 08, 2023 | Jamadi Al Thani 15, 1444
MoI to proceed with reducing unskilled workers
A decision has been made by HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf Al-Sabah
to assign Interior Minister Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled Al-Sabah to apply the law
regarding organizing the demographics of the state. “The appointment comes
because the minister is responsible for iqama affairs along with the Public
Authority of Manpower, which grants permits to residents. The minister has vowed
to prioritize population demographic issues according to the government agenda
and take practical steps in reducing the numbers of unskilled expats,” sources
told Kuwait Times.
“The interior minister has given instructions to security departments at the
interior ministry on this issue, as he requested to increase inspection
campaigns in areas that are predominantly expat-populated in order to detain
iqama violators, as well as catch those who obtained permits against the
regulations, as the law will be sent to the National Assembly, which will play
an active role in the process,” sources said.
“The interior minister has stressed to PAM that permits should not be open to
anyone except those who are needed. Many permits will not be renewed this year
if the labor market does not require their jobs,” the sources said. “The
minister has previously spoken to a number of MPs about the iqamas of
expatriates and clarified that the government will work on imposing fees on
businessmen who bring in workers. The fees will be studied in order to ensure
they are legal and constitutional,” the sources added.