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Kuwait: Non-Kuwaiti population born in Kuwait by nationality group, sex and age group (December 2014)

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Arabs Asians Africans Europeans N. Americans S. Americans Australians / Oceanians Total
Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
Less than 5 43,091 41,286 84,377 18,641 17,427 36,068 206 189 395 378 355 733 670 614 1,284 44 39 83 67 56 123 63,097 59,966 123,063
5-9 32,889 31,776 64,665 12,659 12,362 25,021 98 95 193 284 263 547 453 444 897 36 40 76 52 53 105 46,471 45,033 91,504
10-14 22,052 21,156 43,208 6,468 6,057 12,525 28 36 64 135 117 252 259 217 476 31 19 50 29 22 51 29,002 27,624 56,626
15-19 21,254 20,837 42,091 4,557 4,238 8,795 33 28 61 86 98 184 196 191 387 38 22 60 33 23 56 26,197 25,437 51,634
20-24 15,997 15,382 31,379 1,458 1,512 2,970 27 43 70 63 69 132 171 182 353 35 37 72 33 22 55 17,784 17,247 35,031
25-29 19,410 18,642 38,052 1,949 2,056 4,005 33 95 128 63 107 170 215 234 449 51 30 81 28 31 59 21,749 21,195 42,944
30-34 17,191 14,715 31,906 2,248 1,608 3,856 33 45 78 88 60 148 175 141 316 22 23 45 23 27 50 19,780 16,619 36,399
35-39 12,354 9,475 21,829 2,215 1,110 3,325 13 24 37 85 53 138 115 90 205 12 6 18 23 15 38 14,817 10,773 25,590
40-44 8,489 6,410 14,899 1,490 739 2,229 15 11 26 92 29 121 115 77 192 22 3 25 12 13 25 10,235 7,282 17,517
45-49 6,555 4,702 11,257 1,081 530 1,611 13 7 20 68 21 89 170 69 239 23 5 28 26 17 43 7,936 5,351 13,287
> 50  7,661 3,499 11,160 1,084 439 1,523 20 4 24 66 23 89 255 76 331 43 8 51 37 13 50 9,166 4,062 13,228
Total 206,943 187,880 394,823 53,850 48,078 101,928 519 577 1,096 1,408 1,195 2,603 2,794 2,335 5,129 357 232 589 363 292 655 266,234 240,589 506,823

Source: PACI

ANNEXED NOTE

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 which 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).
(The children of Kuwaiti mothers and non-Kuwaiti fathers (with specific nationality) inherit the father’s nationality. They are stateless if the father is stateless).

(c) Nationality group: collected according to the nationality of the head of the household.
Nationalities are grouped according to specific features common to certain population subgroups: language, geographic origin, etc. or according to internationally recognized categories such as: (Arab / non-Arab Asian countries / non-Arab African countries; European countries … etc.).

2. Institution which provides data

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

3. Period of data coverage: 31 December 2014

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 (http://www.paci.gov.kw/en/ (English); http://www.paci.gov.kw/ (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.
The “publications” section also proposes a selection of data tables processed thematically in downloadable Excel and PDF format (English and Arabic):
http://www.paci.gov.kw/stat/en/index.php/component/content/article?id=99
http://www.paci.gov.kw/stat/index.php/component/content/article?id=194
The present data is in the “Population” file.

Date of access: May 2015

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