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Kuwait decides to stop hiring expats for oil sector jobs

10 June 2020

Kuwait will stop hiring expatriates for jobs in its oil sector, as it aims to reduce the number of expatriates in the country.

Henceforth, non-Kuwaiti nationals will not be hired at Kuwait Petroleum Corp., the main state-run energy producer, and its subsidiaries for 2021-21, said Khaled Al-Fadhel, the Oil Minister.

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Third-party contracts with expats, the means in which some of them are now employed in Kuwait, will be reduced, the minister said.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of Kuwait last week said that the expat population in the country should be more than halved, and kept at 30 percent of the total, as the global pandemic and the slump in oil prices has disrupted Gulf economies.

Foreigners constitute about 3.4 million of the total 4.8 million population in Kuwait, and redressing this imbalance is the future challenge, the minister said.

Robin Vinod

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