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Kuwait: Population by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti), sex and age group (December 2015)

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  Nationality
Kuwaiti Non-Kuwaiti  Total
 Male Female  Total Male  Female Total Male  Female  Total
 Less than 5 84,167 81,130 165,297 79,316 75,699 155,015 163,483 156,829 320,312
 5-9  83,395 80,574 163,969 72,378 69,108 141,486 155,773 149,682 305,455
 10-14  73,098 71,380 144,478 53,558 49,664 103,222 126,656 121,044 247,700
 15-19  67,634 64,486 132,120 43,830 41,004 84,834 111,464 105,490 216,954
 20-24  61,698 59,807 121,505 115,480 54,953 170,433 177,178 114,760 291,938
 25-29  54,189 54,522 108,711 287,241 142,272 429,513 341,430 196,794 538,224
 30-34  45,544 48,744 94,288 320,317 145,759 466,076 365,861 194,503 560,364
 35-39  37,905 41,899 79,804 310,955 128,806 439,761 348,860 170,705 519,565
 40-44  32,882 37,361 70,243 236,981 98,121 335,102 269,863 135,482 405,345
 45-49  28,399 32,795 61,194 188,563 72,587 261,150 216,962 105,382 322,344
 50-54  23,120 27,282 50,402 118,541 41,402 159,943 141,661 68,684 210,345
 55-59  16,445 21,711 38,156 74,643 22,897 97,540 91,088 44,608 135,696
 60-64  12,069 16,311 28,380 37,060 11,972 49,032 49,129 28,283 77,412
 65-69  7,582 11,524 19,106 15,282 6,073 21,355 22,864 17,597 40,461
 70-74  5,647 7,829 13,476 5,933 3,151 9,084 11,580 10,980 22,560
 75-79  4,168 4,808 8,976 2,675 1,900 4,575 6,843 6,708 13,551
 80-84  1,975 2,543 4,518 1,046 997 2,043 3,021 3,540 6,561
85+ 1,365 1,617 2,982 465 772 1,237 1,830 2,389 4,219
Total 641,282 666,323 1,307,605 1,964,264 967,137 2,931,401 2,605,546 1,633,460 4,239,006

 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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