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Kuwait: Foreign residents who overstayed their legal period of residence by nationality group (2010-2014)

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  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Nationality group Number of expired residency holders % Number of expired residency holders % Number of expired residency holders % Number of expired residency holders % Number of expired residency holders %
Arab countries 659 18.6 809 14.2 1,226 12.8 2,329 14.3 3,826 14.3
Non-Arab Asian countries 2,774 78.2 4,341 76.2 7,053 73.6 10,536 64.7 11,729 64.7
Non-Arab African countries 79 2.2 485 8.5 1,261 13.2 3,349 20.6 5,219 20.6
Europe 5 0.1 12 0.2 8 0.1 15 0.1 19 0.1
North America 23 0.6 31 0.5 36 0.4 35 0.2 42 0.2
Central and South America 5 0.1 2 0.0 5 0.1 13 0.1 8 0.1
Australia and Oceania 3 0.1 15 0.3 0 0.0 11 0.1 4 0.1
Other 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0
Total 3,549 100 5,695 100 9,589 100 16,288 100 20,847 100

Source: Ministry of Interior

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Definitions

The figures refer to foreign residents who are still living in Kuwait at the end of the reference year, but were found contravening the law on residency by staying beyond the period of validity of their residency document.

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

The figures concern previous holders of all categories of residency permits: labour (number 14-temporary; 17- government labour; 18- private sector labour; 19- business; 20- domestic labour)
and other categories (22- family dependents; 23- student; 24- self-sponsorship).

2. Institution which provides data

Ministry of Interior (MoI) and 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”, published by the CSB since 2013.
The reports reproduces Ministry of Interior’s (Directorate of Migration’s) figures of permits granted to foreign residents by type/ purpose of permit, sex and regional origin of holder, since the year 2010.
The report (in Arabic, PDF format with Excel tables) is available on CSB’s website, Arabic section only (Population Statistics, then Migration Statistics)
http://www.csb.gov.kw/Socan_Statistic.aspx?ID=56

Date of access: April 2016.

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