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Kuwait: Article 20 (Domestic Services) residence permits granted by nationality group and sex of holder (2014)

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2014
Males Females Total
Arab countries 2,788 264 3,052
Non-Arab Asian countries 258,637 294,735 553,372
Non-Arab African countries 3,437 60,656 64,093
Europe 4 2 6
North America 0 1 1
Central and South America 3 6 9
Australia and Oceania 0 5 5
Other 1 0 1
Total 264,870 355,669 620,539

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 2014”, 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 2011 to 2014.
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: February 2016.

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