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Kuwait: Article 17 (Governmental labor) residence permits granted by nationality group and sex of holder (2010-2013)

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2010 2011 2012 2013
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Arab countries 36,867 18,027 54,894 38,764 18,936 57,700 38,959 19,347 58,306 39,533 19,958 59,491
Non-Arab Asian countries 20,813 12,692 33,505 21,680 14,817 36,497 21,945 14,829 36,774 22,347 14,835 37,182
Non-Arab African countries 386 119 505 428 147 575 416 153 569 377 154 531
Europe 664 317 981 664 323 987 669 338 1,007 640 332 972
North America 691 153 844 670 178 848 708 174 882 729 169 898
Central and South America 55 8 63 59 11 70 58 17 75 59 20 79
Australia and Oceania 55 12 67 53 12 65 49 11 60 50 12 62
Other 0 0 0 3 0 3 4 0 4 3 0 3
Total 59,531 31,328 90,859 62,321 34,424 96,745 62,808 34,869 97,677 63,738 35,480 99,218

Source: Ministry of Interior
ANNEXED NOTE

1. Definitions

Residency procedures do not apply to GCC nationals.
The bidoun, a stateless population, are not included in the residency documents holders.
Data presented in the table are stock data: all the non-national residents holding a residence permit on December 31st, the given year. The table excludes the Bedoon, the non-Kuwaiti GCC citizens and those in irregular situation.

Permits 17, 18, 19 and 20 are only granted after Ministry of Labour issues a work permit.

Totals for the year 2012 presented here differ slightly from totals in other tables pertaining to this year published in the database.

2. Institution which provides data

Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), Ministry of Planning.

3. Period of data coverage

December 31st, given years.

4. Data availability

The present data is taken from the report “Migration Statistics 2013”, published by the CSB.
The report processes Ministry of Interior’s (Directorate of Migration’s) raw figures of permits granted to foreign residents by type/ purpose of permit, sex and regional origin of holder, for the years 2010 to 2013.
The report (in Arabic, PDF format with Excel tables) is available on CSB’s website (Population Statistics, then Migration Statistics)
http://www.csb.gov.kw/Socan_Statistic.aspx?ID=56

Date of access: May 2015.

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