So, I came to work today and related the story of being kicked off a beach by (very nice/polite) Kuwaiti policemen and he told me about a draft law that looks like it is about to be passed. It has already passed a committee, so it is on it's way to becoming law...
The law would limit the residence of expats living in Kuwait to 5 years; and it would be retroactive with no exceptions.
My mother will be really happy to hear this news as she's been trying to get me to move back to the States for the past 17 and a half years (roughly 6 months after I arrived here).
The finance company that holds the lien on my car will not be so happy and I hope that Kuwait Airport has intentions to build a bigger parking lot when 1/3 of the country leaves.
How are they going to implement this? There are a lot of laws coming up now and they're not talking about how they're going to implement them. Who will be asked to leave first? Professionals? Housekeepers? People who were born in Kuwait? This is gonna git interesting.
So is Kuwait now some exclusive club that only people, Article 1, inside the gate are entitled to membership to? It seems that it is headed that way, doesn't it?
How will this affect the Bedoun population? How will "they" ship them out of Kuwait? Cargo ship? Maybe in Conex containers? Where will they go?
Oh, and let's talk a wee bit about the economy. What is going to happen to all the pigeon-hole apartments they've built around the country (that are going for huge rents)? Who is going to live in those? What about consumer goods and service providers? What will happen to those businesses?
It is sad and it seems to be getting worse.
Has Kuwait learned nothing from countries like Qatar and UAE? Sure, they can emulate some of their architecture, but obviously nothing of their economies. Qatar and UAE are trying to invite foreign investment. Kuwait is trying to deter it. It is almost like the national slogan should be, "We don't want you here."
They pretty much wanted us here in 1990-91. I remember that. What happened to that hospitality?
Articles in the news about the residency cap:
Kuwait Times: MP Proposes 5-Year Cap
Gulf News: Kuwait 5-year expat residency cap a step nearer
Legal Panel Clears Bill
5-Year Residency Proposal to Hit Banks and Real Estate Sectors Hard