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Employed population by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti), sex and age group (2012)

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    Kuwaitis     Non-Kuwaitis  
  males females Total males females Total
15-19 2.265 507 2.772 185 78 263
20-24 27.974 15.978 43.952 74.558 34.501 109.059
25-29 42.867 39.903 82.770 229.070 94.086 323.156
30-34 37.404 36.035 73.439 293.153 93.885 387.038
35-39 32.301 32.105 64.406 247.072 84.070 331.142
40-44 24.900 23.367 48.267 206.141 64.618 270.759
45-49 18.653 13.989 32.642 152.440 43.079 195.519
50-54 9.879 8.315 18.194 100.320 21.829 122.149
55-59 5.415 4.227 9.642 60.968 10.189 71.157
60-64 2.756 2.453 5.209 28.510 4.499 33.009
>65 4.110 1.681 5.791 18.305 2.635 20.940
TOTAL 208.524 178.560 387.084 1.410.722 453.469 1.864.191

Source: PACI





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 having 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).


(c) Population in the labour force: population aged 15 years and above, included in the labour market, either employed (in the government or private sector, as itinerant worker, employed in the domestic sector), or unemployed.


Note: figures of expatriates differ slightly between PACI’s various sources of data (database; tabulated data).


2. Institution which provides data


The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)


3. Period of data coverage: December 31st, 2012


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 ( (English); (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: June 2013.


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