The government issued 9,465 permits last year to Expats a 13 percent increase from the 8,366 in 2017 as per the Economic survey.
The rise is after the Kenyan government had place stringent measures to have minimum foreigners working in positions that Kenyans could do. This was followed by a crackdown on illegal migrants that has been ongoing by the interior ministry.
“The number of foreign nationals registered increased from 29,318 in 2017 to 32,332 in 2018, representing a 10.3 per cent increase while work permits issued and work permits renewed increased by 13.1 and 20.9 per cent, respectively,” the Economic survey 2018 stated
Kenya had in 2012 shut out foreigners earning less than $2000 from getting work permits.The new rules also locked out expatriates from employment in the medical, real estate, engineering, accountancy and legal professions unless employed in businesses that start from scratch.
That led to a decrease with at least 23.8 %.