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Kuwait: Population by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti), sex and age group (December 2013)

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   Kuwaitis   Non-Kuwaitis   Total 
Age group males females total males females total males females total
0-4 83,604 80,879 164,483 79,785 76,674 156,459 163,389 157,553 320,942
5-9 80,615 77,762 158,377 70,121 66,814 136,935 150,736 144,576 295,312
10-14 69,408 66,975 136,383 52,134 48,097 100,231 121,542 115,072 236,614
15-19 67,192 64,420 131,612 44,426 40,484 84,910 111,618 104,904 216,522
20-24 58,033 56,438 114,471 96,504 70,886 167,390 154,537 127,324 281,861
25-29 50,913 50,929 101,842 258,653 152,673 411,326 309,566 203,602 513,168
30-34 42,179 44,279 86,458 305,470 141,705 447,175 347,649 185,984 533,633
35-39 35,765 39,946 75,711 266,961 119,662 386,623 302,726 159,608 462,334
40-44 31,239 35,226 66,465 215,372 90,231 305,603 246,611 125,457 372,068
45-49 26,695 30,868 57,563 163,329 63,970 227,299 190,024 94,838 284,862
50-54 20,547 24,834 45,381 104,113 36,710 140,823 124,660 61,544 186,204
55-59 15,156 20,236 35,392 64,306 19,765 84,071 79,462 40,001 119,463
60-64 10,030 14,298 24,328 30,617 10,735 41,352 40,647 25,033 65,680
>65 19,169 24,864 44,033 20,622 11,826 32,448 39,791 36,690 76,481
TOTAL 610,545 631,954 1,242,499 1,772,413 950,232 2,722,645 2,382,958 1,582,186 3,965,144

Source: PACI

 

ANNEXED NOTE

 

1. Characteristics of data and definitions

 

The source of data used here is the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI), an independant government body in charge of :

1- centralising all population and labour force data in order to manage a fully computerised population register

2- issuing mandatory civil identification cards to every resident of the country, regardless of age and nationality.

 

The other source of demographic and socioeconomic data on Kuwait is the Central Statistical Office (CSO), operating within the Planning Ministry. The CSO has conducted ten population and housing censuses since its inception in 1957.

Since 1995 a marked discrepancy was witnessed between PACI’ and CSO’ population figures. PACI’ database is connected electronically with other administrations and bodies registering demographic events and professional/ residency issues (births and death; departures and arrivals; end of service, residency and ID deliveries, etc.).

PACI’s records of residents’ movements is thus regularly updated, which limits the risk of population overcount. Therefore, it is more likely that residents were undercounted during CSO- Ministry of Planning’s census operations (see: Shah, N. Population of Kuwait. Structure and Dynamics, Kuwait: Kuwait University Academic Publication Council, 2010, chapter 1).

 

(a) Kuwaiti: the Kuwaiti nationality rests upon a document of Kuwaiti nationality or a certificate proving Kuwaiti nationality issued by the Ministry of Interior of Kuwait.

 

(b) Non-Kuwaiti: his/ her nationality is determined by the name of the State which issued the passport. The foreign national also entered Kuwait legally and has a stamp of residence.

This category includes the Bidoon, a category of stateless persons living in the Emirate. Kuwait’s Bidoon population originates from three broad categories:

1) those whose ancestors failed to apply for nationality or lacked necessary documentation at the time of Kuwait’s independence in 1961;

2) those recruited to work in Kuwait’s army or police force during the 1960s who permanently settled in Kuwait, along with their families;

3) children of Kuwaiti mothers and stateless or foreign fathers (see Human Rights Watch. Prisoners of the Past. Kuwaiti Bidun and the Burden of Statelessness, June 2011, p. 3).

(The children of Kuwaiti mothers and non-Kuwaiti fathers (with specific nationality) inherit the father’s nationality. They are stateless if the father is stateless).

 

2. Institution which provides data

 

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

 

3. Period of data coverage: 31 December 2013

 

The database is updated three times a year and the website presents only the most recent data.

 

4. Data availability

 

The statistics section of PACI’s website (http://www.paci.gov.kw/en/ (English); http://www.paci.gov.kw/ (Arabic)) provides population and socio-economic data broken down by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti). Some data are displayed by nationality groups.

Analytical tables and data crosstabulations are available for download in PDF, html, .png and Excel (.csv) formats.

 

Date of access: March 2014

 

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