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Kuwait: Population aged 15 and above by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti), sex, age group and marital status (2013)

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Age    KUWAITIS      NON-KUWAITIS   
group   Never Married Married Divorced Widowed Not Stated Total Never Married Married Divorced Widowed Not Stated Total
15-19 males 66,661 419 47 65 67,192 38,253 453 3 1 5,716 44,426
  females 60,060 4,050 249 4 57 64,420 32,612 2,370 84 3 5,415 40,484
  total 126,721 4,469 296 4 122 131,612 70,865 2,823 87 4 11,131 84,910
20-24 males 45,942 11,161 897 1 32 58,033 63,755 26,471 128 19 6,131 96,504
  females 33,166 20,737 2,482 31 22 56,438 36,161 29,655 705 35 4,330 70,886
  total 79,108 31,898 3,379 32 54 114,471 99,916 56,126 833 54 10,461 167,390
25-29 males 18,693 29,632 2,545 8 35 50,913 146,646 110,640 605 52 710 258,653
  females 13,683 32,428 4,662 129 27 50,929 57,848 92,634 1,636 119 436 152,673
  total 32,376 62,060 7,207 137 62 101,842 204,494 203,274 2,241 171 1,146 411,326
30-34 males 6,047 33,353 2,690 22 67 42,179 158,602 144,627 1,256 74 911 305,470
  females 6,783 32,522 4,685 261 28 44,279 39,756 99,524 2,099 220 106 141,705
  total 12,830 65,875 7,375 283 95 86,458 198,358 244,151 3,355 294 1,017 447,175
35-39 males 2,792 30,582 2,278 60 53 35,765 117,969 146,265 1,370 105 1,252 266,961
  females 4,550 30,316 4,496 550 34 39,946 28,800 88,484 1,868 354 156 119,662
  total 7,342 60,898 6,774 610 87 75,711 146,769 234,749 3,238 459 1,408 386,623
40-44 males 1,722 27,409 1,981 79 48 31,239 87,531 125,457 1,536 108 740 215,372
  females 3,414 26,698 4,202 878 34 35,226 20,471 67,382 1,718 531 129 90,231
  total 5,136 54,107 6,183 957 82 66,465 108,002 192,839 3,254 639 869 305,603
45-49 males 1,161 23,701 1,691 108 34 26,695 55,387 105,893 1,556 119 374 163,329
  females 2,484 23,052 3,856 1,436 40 30,868 12,263 49,505 1,431 694 77 63,970
  total 3,645 46,753 5,547 1,544 74 57,563 67,650 155,398 2,987 813 451 227,299
50-54 males 737 18,322 1,312 154 22 20,547 26,262 76,348 1,230 110 163 104,113
  females 1,765 17,779 3,117 2,116 57 24,834 5,291 29,485 1,079 815 40 36,710
  total 2,502 36,101 4,429 2,270 79 45,381 31,553 105,833 2,309 925 203 140,823
55-59 males 404 13,679 820 237 16 15,156 9,889 53,340 854 135 88 64,306
  females 1,156 13,644 2,151 3,244 41 20,236 1,901 16,226 647 973 18 19,765
  total 1,560 27,323 2,971 3,481 57 35,392 11,790 69,566 1,501 1,108 106 84,071
60-64 males 217 9,060 526 217 10 10,030 2,065 27,876 514 137 25 30,617
  females 714 8,440 1,315 3,805 24 14,298 731 8,587 363 1,046 8 10,735
  total 931 17,500 1,841 4,022 34 24,328 2,796 36,463 877 1,183 33 41,352
>65 males 289 16,537 859 1,460 24 19,169 736 18,811 472 594 9 20,622
  females 613 10,108 1,811 12,270 62 24,864 514 7,401 398 3,497 16 11,826
  total 902 26,645 2,670 13,730 86 44,033 1,250 26,212 870 4,091 25 32,448
TOTAL males 144,665 213,855 15,646 2,346 406 376,918 707,095 836,181 9,524 1,454 16,119 1,570,373
  females 128,388 219,774 33,026 24,724 426 406,338 236,348 491,253 12,028 8,287 10,731 758,647
  total 273,053 433,629 48,672 27,070 832 783,256 943,443 1,327,434 21,552 9,741 26,850 2,329,020

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: December 2013

 

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 2014.

 

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