InterNations recent survey of over 14,000 expat workers put Kuwait at the bottom of the list for expat living and working conditions. The study cited the restrictions on the numbers of expat workers allowed in to the country along with mass deportations of over 20,000 expat workers in the first 9 months of 2015 as creating a tense and hostile environment for expat workers. Future restrictions of a limit of 5 year's employment for expats are proposed.
The survey ranked countries according to a range of indicators including leisure options, ease of settling in, travel and transport, and health, safety and wellbeing. Kuwait ranked bottom for leisure options, personal happiness, ease of settling in, friendliness and finding friends and second bottom for quality of life and feeling welcome. Travel, transport, health and safety were poorly rated.
70% of Kuwait's 3.3 million population are expat workers. Some complain of almost everything being stacked against the expat from difficulties obtaining a driving license to large companies breaking labour laws, terrible driving, weak law enforcement, poor housing, litter strewn streets and limited leisure facilities.
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