Kuwaitis take Nuwaiseeb border crossing in Saudi Arabia in repatriation plan

Kuwaiti citizens pass through the Nuwaiseeb border crossing with Saudi Arabia as part of repatriation plans. (KUNA)
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Updated 14 May 2020

Kuwaitis take Nuwaiseeb border crossing in Saudi Arabia in repatriation plan

  • Land repatriation from Saudi Arabia to run until May 20

DUBAI: Kuwaiti citizens continue to pass through the Nuwaiseeb border crossing with Saudi Arabia as part of the government’s repatriation plans for nationals who want to return home amid the coronavirus epidemic.

Kuwaiti nationals have been allowed to cross the border for a second day, subject to the necessary safety and health precautions, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement reported by state news agency KUNA.

Kuwaitis who joined the land repatriation plan, which runs until May 20, are allowed to pass the Nuwaiseeb border crossing between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and must undergo mandatory quarantine at Al-Khiran resort in Kuwait.


Kuwait expects nearly 1.5 million expats to leave by end of year

Updated 11 July 2020

Kuwait expects nearly 1.5 million expats to leave by end of year

  • Over 158,000 expat workers have already left the country
  • The Egyptian and Indian expats communities were hit the hardest

DUBAI: Almost 1.5 million expatriate workers are expected to leave Kuwait by year’s end as economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic forced companies to cut their workforce to save on costs and remain afloat.
Likewise, the government’s decision to lower the number of expats living in the country, through a new residency law, and its continuing Kuwaitization of jobs in the public sector also hit migrant workers.
Over 158,000 expat workers have already left the country only in a span of 116 days, or from March 16 until July 9, many of whom have been laid off because of the coronavirus crisis, local newspaper Arab Times reported.
The Egyptian and Indian expats communities were hit the hardest, the report said.
The draft of Kuwait’s new residency law would limit the number of foreign nationals recruited by companies each year and will include regulations based on their skills, Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh was earlier reported as saying.
The Kuwait parliament aims to have the legislation ready by October, prior to the November elections.