'Migrants must pay to breathe Kuwaiti air', says anti-expat lawmaker
Speaking to Kuwaiti daily al-Rai, al-Hashem repeated calls for Kuwait to charge expats for walking on streets and breathing Kuwaiti air.
Al-Hashem has previously made calls to “purify” Kuwait - where 70 percent of the population is made up of expatriates - with measures that include revoking the citizenship of naturalised widows and banning expats from driving.
Al-Hashem is Kuwait’s only female MP and is widely criticised for having what has been described as hateful views.
The lawmaker has repeatedly denied claims she is racist despite alarming comments, and says she wants to balance the Kuwaiti to expat ratio and reduce the levels of crowding within the country.
Hashem has even attacked nationalised Kuwaiti, claiming hundreds of thousands of people have fake citizenships – referring to them as rats.
"If the Ministry of interior continues to trap the rats who obtained the citizenship illegally, they will find that 300,000 of Kuwaiti citizens obtained their citizenship illegally. There are one million real Kuwaitis," she said, according to al-Rai early last year.
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