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Over 70,000 expats affected: Kuwait cancels residency permits for foreign workers aged over 60

More than 70,000 expatriates will be forced to leave Kuwait, as its government implemented a decision to ban residency permits of foreign workers aged 60.

The new legislation was implemented last January 1, according to the Kuwaiti Public Authority.

It also includes expats who only finished high school.

This move was imposed to redress the increasing imbalance between the population of citizens and expatriates.

Those who fall under these two category will have to leave after the expiry of their residency by the end of 2021.

The decision includes expatriates who work in professional sectors such as construction, car repair and restaurants, according to Xinhua news.

Among those who will be affected by the decision is 62-year-old Filipina Lynn.

Lynn has been working in the Gulf state for 15 years.

With the expiry of her residency visa this February, she will be left with no choice but to go back to the Philippines for good.

At present expat workers account for around 3.4 million of the country’s 4.8 million people.

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