Kuwait considers raising expat fees by 150%

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The Kuwaiti Ministry of Economic Affairs yesterday proposed increasing the service fees it charges expats by 150%. The new measure, which is yet to be approved, would see residency permit fees, visas, insurance and health and education costs all rise by between 100% and 200%, according to the ministry. The proposed move comes as Kuwait's government is grappling with what is has called a "demographic imbalance" in the Gulf state. Among yesterday's proposals was a call for resident expats over 60 not to have their residency permits renewed automatically, as is currently the case. ...

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Christopher Copper-Ind is editor-in-chief of International Investment. Before this, he was editorial director of The Business Year, from 2014 to 2017.