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Kuwait: Non-Kuwaiti population by place of birth (in Kuwait/ outside Kuwait) and age group (December 2017)

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Born in Kuwait  Born out of Kuwait  Total
Male Female Total Male  Female  Total Male Female Total
 0-4 15,016 14,138 29,154 60,055 56,895 116,950 75,071 71,033 146,104
 5-9  23,192 22,092 45,284 50,029 48,088 98,117 73,221 70,180 143,401
 10-14  23,041 21,199 44,240 34,773 33,168 67,941 57,814 54,367 112,181
 15-19  19,252 17,061 36,313 24,706 24,184 48,890 43,958 41,245 85,203
 20-24  109,639 29,580 139,219 21,492 21,288 42,780 131,131 50,868 181,999
 25-29  312,330 109,076 421,406 18,419 16,651 35,070 330,749 125,727 456,476
 30-34  330,998 126,450 457,448 20,767 17,841 38,608 351,765 144,291 496,056
 35-39  328,165 114,967 443,132 17,652 13,237 30,889 345,817 128,204 474,021
 40-44  252,691 94,324 347,015 12,535 8,625 21,160 265,226 102,949 368,175
 45-49  195,410 68,120 263,530 9,123 6,430 15,553 204,533 74,550 279,083
 50-54  128,818 41,464 170,282 6,210 4,016 10,226 135,028 45,480 180,508
 55-59  77,640 24,253 101,893 3,163 1,596 4,759 80,803 25,849 106,652
 60-64  41,567 13,090 54,657 1,359 578 1,937 42,926 13,668 56,594
65+ 27,279 14,244 41,523 2,088 399 2,487 29,367 14,643 44,010
Total 1,885,038 710,058 2,595,096 282,371 252,996 535,367 2,167,409 963,054 3,130,463

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 2017

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.

Date of access: March 2018

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