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Kuwait to allow expats to self-sponsor

Manama, August 6, 2009

Kuwait will allow expats to sponsor themselves, provided they have a clean record after staying in the country for two years, a report quoting the country's social affairs and labour minister said.

The country is keen on doing away with the sponsorship system, Mohammad Al Affassi was quoted as saying in a Gulf News report.

Bahrain had recently scrapped the sponsorship system. Qatar is also mulling a similar move.

"I am serious about finding a solution to the issue, particularly that it affects the reputation of Kuwait and has highly significant humanitarian dimensions. Putting an end to the sponsorship system also means the elimination of trafficking in residence and work permits,' Al Affassi said.




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