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Kuwait: Article 20 (Domestic Services) 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 2,444 287 2,731 2,520 286 2,806 2,491 271 2,762 2,574 266 2,840
Non-Arab Asian countries 245,720 278,463 524,183 250,873 272,878 523,751 252,386 278,466 530,852 256,398 284,942 541,340
Non-Arab African countries 1,069 41,661 42,730 1,933 64,769 66,702 3,297 72,023 75,320 4,249 79,959 84,208
Europe 3 2 5 2 2 4 2 6 8 3 2 5
North America 0 0 0 3 0 3 2 2 4 0 2 2
Central and South America 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 2 3 2 3 5
Australia and Oceania 0 4 4 0 2 2 0 3 3 0 5 5
Other 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1
Total 249,238 320,418 569,656 255,333 337,937 593,270 258,180 350,773 608,953 263,227 365,179 628,406

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.
“Domestic services” designate the activities performed within households, such as that of personal drivers, cooks, nannies, servants, sheperds, governesses, etc.

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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