Around 3.1 million foreigners, most of them Asians, live and work in Kuwait alongside 1.35 million citizens.
For the past decade, authorities have imposed very strict rules on expatriates to obtain a driver's licence.
One British expat who wished to remain anonymous said: “Already the government is making life hard for foreigners and trying to push them out.
Many will jump before they are pushed.” Kuwait authorities have also tightened their already strict controls on foreign drivers by withdrawing licences from students and housewives.
Earlier this year the Kuwaiti government said it relied too heavily on expats and wants to reduce their numbers.
It plans to cut its 1.8 million expats by 100,000 annually over the next decade.
A Kuwaiti lawyer filed a lawsuit Monday seeking a temporary driving ban on millions of expatriates to ease traffic congestion in the oil-rich Gulf state.
Lawyer Mohammad al-Ansari called for a temporary suspension of their driving licences and a total ban on issuing new licences for expats.
All other visitors to Kuwait, other than GCC citizens, require a visa and need to be ‘sponsored’. I choose expat life in a foreign, non-English speaking culture. In fact, hubby and I walk around the city – once for 13 km – and get home at odd hours and never have any fear. I have learnt many things from interacting with and observing expats and locals alike. Honestly, it is so safe here that I’d walk down a dark alley wearing every bit of jewelry I own at 3 am and I’d feel fine.Others have called for taxes to be slapped on their money transfers out of Kuwait.Expat is the best community website for all the information you need about living in Kuwait.