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Kuwait laying off of expatriate workers not targeting Egyptians: Kuwaiti journalist

Kuwait’s decision to lay off expatriate workers has to do with the plan to Kuwaitize jobs and empower Kuwaiti nationals and does not target anyone, Kuwaiti journalist Zaid bin Ghayam said during a telephone interview, with TV presenter Ahmed Moussa, on Sada al-Balad channel, denying what was circulated on social media platforms that the number of Egyptian workers who will be dispensed with exceeded hundreds of thousands.

Ghayam stressed distinguished historical ties between Egypt and Kuwait.

Egyptian labor in Kuwait stands at 1.8 million people, and work is underway to discuss the best ways to preserve their rights before returning to Egypt, Magdy al-Badawy, Vice-President of the General Federation of Egyptian Trade Unions, said.

Badawy added, during a telephone interview with TV presenter Azza Mustafa, on the Tahrir Hall program on Sada al-Balad channel, the Ministry of Manpower is trying to limit the Egyptian workers that can be dispensed with in Kuwait, upon this decision, pointing out that from time to time Kuwait ends the service of workers whose contracts expire.

Badawy added that workers in the municipalities are the category to which the first stage of the process of ending the service of expatriates will be applied, and then two other stages will follow, explaining that every six months, 33 percent of the volume of expatriate workers in Kuwait will be dispensed with for all nationalities.

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