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Kuwait: non-Kuwaiti population by region/selected countries of origin and sex, distributed by age category and relation to labour force (2018)

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Relation to labour force Below working age (<15 years) (%) Working age (aged 15 and above) Total
Males Females In the labour force (%) Out of the labour force (%) Males Females
Country/ region  of origin Males Females Males Females
Arab countries 17 34 71 15 13 51 855,136 405,926
Egypt 11 39 87 24 3 37 531,422 139,102
Syria 28 38 59 9 13 53 95,695 64,425
Saudi Arabia 31 33 31 5 39 62 66,683 60,921
Asia 4 10 95 74 1 15 1,364,546 503,662
India 5 17 94 60 1 22 811,409 200,695
Bangladesh 0 22 99 51 1 27 271,590 9,541
Philippines 8 2 91 95 1 3 41,868 172,121
Pakistan 7 33 90 9 3 58 91,421 18,006
Sri Lanka  5 3 93 92 2 5 34,888 58,861
Nepal 0 1 99 96 0 1 50,469 19,909
Africa 6 2 89 94 5 4 9,752 37,475
Other regions 22 27 67 36 11 37 24,334 17,694
Total 9 20 85 50 6 30 2,253,768 964,757

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.
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.).
Population in the labour force: population aged 15 years and over, either employed in the government, private or domestic sector, working as a street vendor, or unemployed.
Population out of the labour force:  population aged 15 years and above, not active on the labour market (includes the students, the housewives or alike, or retired persons having income).
Population aged below 15: population below working age.
The table was built out of a selection of data from two distinct datasets:
– PACI statistical database
– PACI “Population and labor market indicators”.
Population out of the labour force by nationality group was calculated using available figures of total population and population included in the labour force, by nationality group.

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 (http://www.paci.gov.kw/en/ (English); http://www.paci.gov.kw/ (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” (https://www.paci.gov.kw/stat/GeneralStat.aspx) and “Analytic Statistics”  https://www.paci.gov.kw/stat/SubCategory.aspx?ID=7

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:
https://www.paci.gov.kw/stat/StatIndicators.aspx

Date of access: February 2019.

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