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Kuwait: non-Kuwaiti population by region and selected countries of origin, and sex (2018)

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Country/ region of citizenship  Males Females Total
Arab countries 855,136 405,926 1,261,062
of which Egypt 531,422 139,102 670,524
Syria 95,695 64,425 160,120
Saudi Arabia 66,683 60,921 127,604
Asia 1,364,546 503,662 1,868,208
of which India 811,409 200,695 1,012,104
Bangladesh 271,590 9,541 281,131
Philippines 41,868 172,121 213,989
Pakistan 91,421 18,006 109,427
Sri Lanka  34,888 58,861 93,749
Nepal 50,469 19,909 70,378
Africa 9,752 37,475 47,227
Other regions 24,334 17,694 42,028
Total 2,253,768 964,757 3,218,525

Source: PACI
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.
Data published by PACI are, therefore, administrative data.
Nationality group/ citizenship: collected according to the nationality group or citizenship of individuals, or 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.).

The table was built out of a selection of data from two distinct datasets:
– PACI statistical database
– PACI “Population and labor market indicators”

2. Institution which provides data 

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

3. Period of data coverage: 31 December

The database is updated three times a year and the website presents only the most recent data.

4. Data availability 

Data by nationality group of expatriates can be downloaded from the “statistics” section of PACI’s website ( (English); (Arabic))
section “Statistical reports”
Analytical tables and data crosstabulations are available for download in PDF, html, .png and Excel (.csv) formats.
A selection of tables is available in the sections “General Stats” ( and “Analytic Statistics”

Data pertaining to the citizens of selected foreign countries residing in Kuwait can be found in the “Population and labor market indicators” section of PACI’s website:

Date of access: February 2019.

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