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Cancelled residence permits by nationality group of holder (Kuwait) (2005-2013)

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Nationality group year of cancellation
  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Arabs 152,866 117,840 52,307 41,310 54,672 75,189 43,100 42,501 38,123
Europeans/ Americans 11,124 12,065 8,408 7,487 7,402 8,428 7,277 6,680 4,896
Asians 357,053 358,879 260,467 206,823 184,648 226,242 147,772 120,621 87,582
Africans 2,057 2,219 2,710 3,910 5,790 10,134 9,418 8,836 6,252
Total 523,100 491,003 323,892 259,530 252,512 319,993 207,567 178,638 136,853

Source: Ministry of Interior’s records

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Definitions

The table refers to all types of residency permits, i.e. granted under articles 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 of the immigration regulations, cancelled during the given years.
A residence visa is cancelled if the holder leaves Kuwait for a continuous period of six months, after termination of his employment period or not. The only exceptions are for those who:
· Are studying abroad
· Are receiving necessary treatment abroad, or
· Are required by virtue of their work to be abroad,
In all three cases, permission has to be obtained before leaving Kuwait.

The bidoun, a stateless population, are not included in the residency documents holders.
Residency procedures do not apply to GCC nationals.

2. Institution which provides data

Ministry of Interior

3. Period of data coverage

January 1st- December 31st, given years

4. Data availability

a- 2005-2009′ data is published in MoI’ 2009 Statistical Yearbook, in Chapter “Immigration statistics”, available online at: http://www.moi.gov.kw/portal/varabic/statistics/stats.htm
Last date of access: June 23rd, 2013.
b- 2007-2011′ data is tabulated in MoI’ 2011 Statistical Yearbook, in Chapter “Immigration statistics” (not available online). The volume may be directly obtained from MoI.

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