If you want to decrease the number of expats in the country it would be an idea to allow them to leave and only place ban on someone who is charged with a real criminal offense.
I LOVE that article.
I believe I met the author's grandfather many years ago at an embassy reception. We were both standing alone by the buffet and struck up a conversation. I didn't know who he was at the time; just a kind older gentleman, but I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation I had with him and walked away with a smile (probably with something stuck in my teeth because I'm always unknowingly embarrassing myself ) and a lifted spirit. It was only later, when I looked at the business card I had quickly shuffled into my handbag that I knew that he was the founder and patriarch of The Kuwait Times.God rest his soul. I am sure that he is missed by many.
What I find amusing in a sad and pathetic way is how many Kuwaitis are commenting on my posts, offended/insulted that I would infer that they are racist or sectarian; and that indeed foreigners are the root of all social problems in Kuwait. Then, they go on to "justify" the reasons why they're so great and others are not. BINGO! That's exactly it. My point has been validated. Arrogance and entitlement. Not, of course, attributes held by everyone, but the attitude is becoming more acceptable and pervasive; not only in discussion, but much more obviously through Kuwait law.
I was shocked about 10 years ago when I came across a website/blog/forum (can't remember) called, "Kuwait for Kuwaitis". It was a novel approach back then - foreigner bashing - and not one that I personally held as "true Kuwaiti". I still firmly believe in the tenants of Kuwaiti kindness and generosity to all. I think many have lost their identity - maybe since the Gulf War or shortly thereafter? Not sure. I remember walking through Mubarakia in 1997 with my mother. Kuwait was still on a high from being liberated and there was an attitude of gratitude (pardon the rhyme). As we walked along, two elderly Kuwaiti women stopped and asked if they could take their photo with us, "Ashan Amreeka" (for America). They were so kind and I still have the photo of that day.
Sadly, the notion of foreigner bashing has seemed to take hold and those sweet moments are few and far between.There are many opinions now of foreigner vs Kuwaiti; like some kind of weird Mortal Kombat game being played here. I've noticed a tremendous difference - mostly the looks. Where once people were happy to see me, now they're looking at me like an unwelcomed visitor. (This happens pretty often. There aren't as many "friendly" moments that counteract the unwelcoming ones, unfortunately. ... and I can only make statements about my personal experiences.) I try to smile at everyone, even in traffic.