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Kenyan expulsion of expats brings investment fears

Kenya will banish thousands of Britons and other expatriates so that local people can take their jobs, the government confirmed yesterday. Work permits for two-thirds of the expatriate labour force are not to be renewed, reported Peter Odoyo, the deputy labour minister. It is thought that the majority of the estimated 16,000 foreigners, who will be obliged to leave, will have come originally from Britain, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Mr Odoyo maintained the expulsion policy was not new – it was a decision to enforce existing rules, like those applied by western countries – and there would be no overnight exodus. But critics said the move was irresponsible populism, which would deter foreign investors and do nothing to alleviate Kenya’s crushing unemployment. Full Story

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