No plans to send expatriates to their home countries--Government



The government yesterday again denied any plans to send expatriates to their home countries after a lawmaker called for “letting expats out” to reduce pressure on medical services.Minister of Social Affairs and Labour Mariam Al-Aqeel reiterated that the government has not received any request from any country to repatriate their communities from Kuwait.

MP Hamdan Al-Azemi called on the council of ministers to resume outbound flights from Kuwait for one week to allow any expatriates willing to do so to leave the country.Azemi said that it’s better if each country takes care of its own citizens during this crisis, adding that Kuwait now needs to see health and food pressures reduced.

The government had resisted calls by some MPs and activists to reduce the number of expatriates in the country in order to reduce the health burden in case the coronavirus spreads.-K.T.