Cairo: Round 134,000 expatriates left Kuwait final yr amid coronavirus restrictions, lowering the overall variety of foreigners within the Gulf nation by 4% to three.2 million, in accordance with official figures.
Indians took the lead within the variety of expatriates initially, accounting for 52% of the overall within the interval from January to December, in accordance with figures from the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Civil Data. That determine meant a drop of 69,592 within the whole variety of the Indian neighborhood which stood at 989,270 on the finish of 2020 from 1.5 million the earlier yr, in accordance with statistics from Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai.
In second place is the Egyptian neighborhood which represented 22.5% of the overall variety of foreigners who left Kuwait in the course of the aforementioned interval. About 30,032 Egyptians have left Kuwait, lowering the overall variety of their neighborhood within the nation to 666,050 individuals on the finish of final yr from 696,082 in 2019, in accordance with the figures.
The Bangladeshis adopted in third place. Some 13,076 Bangladeshis left Kuwait final yr, representing 10% of the overall variety of expatriates leaving. That determine elevated the variety of the Bangladeshi neighborhood in Kuwait from 282,591 individuals in 2019 to 269,515 on the finish of final yr.
The variety of Filipinos, in the meantime, fell in Kuwait after 6,111 of them left final yr, dropping the variety of the Filipino neighborhood within the nation to 241,113 on the finish of final yr from 247,224 the earlier yr.
In latest months, there have been rising calls in Kuwait to restrict the variety of foreigners with a purpose to right a demographic imbalance amid accusations that migrants have strained the nation’s infrastructure as the worldwide coronavirus pandemic has prompted authorities to implement a set of well being restrictions.