'Expat exodus' as 1.5 million forecast to leave Kuwait this year

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Almost 1.5 million foreign workers are expected to leave Kuwait by the end of 2020 as government policies to prioritise nationals, compounded by the effects of the covid-19 pandemic, prompt many in the Gulf state to reconsider their futures. By October, the government is expected to have passed into law new policies limiting the number of expats in Kuwaiti companies' workforces, in the latest in a slew of bad news for the Gulf state's majority-expatriate workforce. In February this year, the government withdrew more than 154,000 work permits for expats. And last month, the municipalit...

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Christopher Copper-Ind

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