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Kuwait: Non-Kuwaiti population by place of birth (in Kuwait/ outside Kuwait) and age group (December 2015)

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Born in Kuwait  Born out of Kuwait  Total
Male Female Total Male  Female  Total Male Female Total
 Less than 5 62,199 59,307 121,506 17,117 16,392 33,509 79,316 75,699 155,015
 5-9  47,911 45,991 93,902 24,467 23,117 47,584 72,378 69,108 141,486
 10-14  30,191 28,696 58,887 23,367 20,968 44,335 53,558 49,664 103,222
 15-19  25,654 24,974 50,628 18,176 16,030 34,206 43,830 41,004 84,834
 20-24  17,904 17,718 35,622 97,576 37,235 134,811 115,480 54,953 170,433
 25-29  20,899 19,798 40,697 266,342 122,474 388,816 287,241 142,272 429,513
 30-34  20,223 16,938 37,161 300,094 128,821 428,915 320,317 145,759 466,076
 35-39  15,996 11,569 27,565 294,959 117,237 412,196 310,955 128,806 439,761
 40-44  10,892 7,587 18,479 226,089 90,534 316,623 236,981 98,121 335,102
 45-49  8,466 5,770 14,236 180,097 66,817 246,914 188,563 72,587 261,150
 50-54  4,935 2,971 7,906 113,606 38,431 152,037 118,541 41,402 159,943
 55-59  2,366 1,103 3,469 72,277 21,794 94,071 74,643 22,897 97,540
 60-64  1,336 356 1,692 35,724 11,616 47,340 37,060 11,972 49,032
 65-69  708 159 867 14,574 5,914 20,488 15,282 6,073 21,355
 70-74  535 73 608 5,398 3,078 8,476 5,933 3,151 9,084
 75-79  245 43 288 2,430 1,857 4,287 2,675 1,900 4,575
 80-84  107 28 135 939 969 1,908 1,046 997 2,043
85+ 54 28 82 411 744 1,155 465 772 1,237
Total 270,621 243,109 513,730 1,693,643 724,028 2,417,671 1,964,264 967,137 2,931,401

 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).

2. Institution which provides data

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

3. Period of data coverage: 31 December 2015

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):
https://www.paci.gov.kw/stat/GeneralStat.aspx
The present data is in the “Population” file.

Date of access: May 2016

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