Two hundred thousand expats exit Kuwait amid 'biggest annual drop'

Mark Battersby
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More than 56,000 expats left the country in the first half of 2021, pushing the total departures to about 190,000 since the start of the pandemic, the National Bank of Kuwait said in its Economic Update report on 14 September. Following the biggest annual drop recorded in almost 30 years (-2.2%) in 2020, Kuwait's population decreased by a further 0.9% in the six months to 1H21 to 4.62 million. This is mainly due, it said, to a continued fall in the number of resident expatriates, while the number of Kuwaiti nationals continued to rise. The ongoing enforcement of Kuwaitization po...

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