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Kuwait speeds up deportation process

No grace for foreigners found guilty by courts of law

Gulf News

Manama: Kuwait is speeding up the process to deport foreign illegal residents, lawbreakers and beggars, security sources have said,

“The competent authorities within the interior ministry have drawn up the list of all residents wanted in law violation cases in order to arrest them, serve their prison terms if any and then deport them,” the sources told Kuwaiti daily Al Seyassah. “The foreigners who had served their time in jail will not be allowed to renew their residence and will be deported.”

A team of investigators will be tasked with working on the cases of beggars and foreigners who entered Kuwait on family visit or tourism visas but took up jobs illegally, the sources added.

More than 100,000 illegal workers are believed to be in Kuwait and the authorities estimate that around 60,000 expatriates from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Syria, the Philippines, Pakistan and other nationalities are illegally working as domestic helpers.

In January, the authorities granted a grace period to allow thousands of illegal expatriates to leave the country.

Several Asian embassies reported that thousands of their nationals took advantage of the opportunity window initially from January 29 until February 22, but later extended by two months, and left the country.

Some embassies exerted special efforts to support their nationals financially and to fund their tickets home.

Kuwait has always been strict towards begging and the authorities have regularly warned of a zero-tolerance approach towards it, particularly during religious occasions when the activity becomes a lucrative business for those who take advantage of the more pious and generous character of the people.

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