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Kuwait: Population by nationality group, sex and age group (Kuwait, December 2014)

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Kuwaitis Non-Kuwaitis   GRAND  
  Arabs     Asians     Africans     Europeans     North Americans     South Americans     Australians- Oceanians     TOTAL non-Kuwaitis     TOTAL  
Age group males females total males females total males females total males females total males females total males females total males females total males females total males females total males females total
0-4 84,390 81,407 165,797 55,253 53,000 108,253 23,805 22,623 46,428 241 214 455 595 589 1,184 1,234 1,024 2,258 54 55 109 98 79 177 81,280 77,584 158,864 165,670 158,991 324,661
5-9 82,042 79,249 161,291 50,290 47,935 98,225 20,325 19,797 40,122 155 161 316 666 641 1,307 1,098 1,037 2,135 54 52 106 104 92 196 72,692 69,715 142,407 154,734 148,964 303,698
10-14 71,173 68,988 140,161 38,752 35,688 74,440 12,881 12,195 25,076 104 124 228 485 466 951 1,016 877 1,893 52 33 85 85 79 164 53,375 49,462 102,837 124,548 118,450 242,998
15-19 67,422 64,478 131,900 34,189 31,632 65,821 9,091 8,450 17,541 191 130 321 352 346 698 808 733 1,541 57 45 102 80 75 155 44,768 41,411 86,179 112,190 105,889 218,079
20-24 59,963 58,129 118,092 51,377 31,742 83,119 49,003 17,950 66,953 718 9,169 9,887 265 374 639 461 585 1,046 55 65 120 60 57 117 101,939 59,942 161,881 161,902 118,071 279,973
25-29 52,337 52,902 105,239 106,360 46,862 153,222 157,425 68,333 225,758 2,685 29,191 31,876 413 704 1,117 756 752 1,508 94 71 165 40 49 89 267,773 145,962 413,735 320,110 198,864 518,974
30-34 44,093 46,669 90,762 108,444 43,656 152,100 200,195 87,583 287,778 1,806 11,587 13,393 608 818 1,426 958 673 1,631 81 70 151 51 67 118 312,143 144,454 456,597 356,236 191,123 547,359
35-39 36,767 40,777 77,544 86,141 31,561 117,702 196,851 88,247 285,098 877 3,660 4,537 723 861 1,584 832 581 1,413 64 45 109 67 52 119 285,555 125,007 410,562 322,322 165,784 488,106
40-44 31,893 36,261 68,154 64,778 22,310 87,088 158,757 69,777 228,534 485 1,145 1,630 855 675 1,530 900 528 1,428 73 39 112 58 57 115 225,906 94,531 320,437 257,799 130,792 388,591
45-49 27,600 31,970 59,570 54,336 17,625 71,961 117,395 49,289 166,684 348 317 665 845 588 1,433 1,182 488 1,670 76 45 121 85 60 145 174,267 68,412 242,679 201,867 100,382 302,249
50-54 21,797 25,917 47,714 38,853 13,015 51,868 68,866 24,945 93,811 218 120 338 787 468 1,255 1,321 489 1,810 75 36 111 83 57 140 110,203 39,130 149,333 132,000 65,047 197,047
55-59 15,617 21,021 36,638 25,846 8,996 34,842 41,136 11,309 52,445 153 110 263 679 343 1,022 990 359 1,349 61 31 92 73 20 93 68,938 21,168 90,106 84,555 42,189 126,744
60-64 11,267 15,564 26,831 15,316 6,104 21,420 17,100 4,979 22,079 74 65 139 450 218 668 648 248 896 32 14 46 51 24 75 33,671 11,652 45,323 44,938 27,216 72,154
>64 19,895 26,269 46,164 13,458 9,145 22,603 8,363 2,797 11,160 37 29 66 388 223 611 480 206 686 19 11 30 24 16 40 22,769 12,427 35,196 42,664 38,696 81,360
Total 626,256 649,601 1,275,857 743,393 399,271 1,142,664 1,081,193 488,274 1,569,467 8,092 56,022 64,114 8,111 7,314 15,425 12,684 8,580 21,264 847 612 1,459 959 784 1,743 1,855,279 960,857 2,816,136 2,481,535 1,610,458 4,091,993

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 2014

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 2015