Kuwait: Residence Permits by Nationality Group of Holder (2010-2017)
|Non-Arab Asian countries||1,307,218||1,338,340||1,391,040||1,458,161||1,525,083||1,620,129||1,714,717||1,775,919|
|Non-Arab African countries||48,486||73,403||83,144||93,004||73,300||61,070||49,634||47,254|
|Central and South America||1,082||1,121||1,131||1,109||1,104||1,179||1,343||1,499|
|Australia and Oceania||1,448||1,416||1,408||1,426||1,419||1,452||1,495||1,467|
Source: Ministry of Interior
Ministry of Interior’s (Directorate of Migration’s) records of residency permits granted to foreign residents by type/ purpose of permit,
sex and regional origin of holder, for the years 2010 to 2017.
Data presented in the table are stock data: all the non-national residents holding a residence permit on December 31st, the given year.
The present figures include permits delivered for all purposes of stay in Kuwait:
1- Labour in all sectors: governmental (n°17); private sector (n°18); business (n°19) and domestic (n°20) sectors
2- Residence: as family dependent (permit n°22); studies (n°23) and self-residence (n°24).
Residency procedures do not apply to GCC nationals and to Bidouns (stateless residents of Kuwait).
The table thus excludes the Bidouns, the non-Kuwaiti GCC citizens and those in irregular situation.
The present figures do not include the holders of permit n°14 (temporary residents).
2. Institution which provides data
Central Statistical Bureau (CSB), Ministry of Planning.
3. Period of data coverage
December 31st, given years.
4. Data availability
The present data is taken from the “Migration Statistics” reports, published annually by the CSB.
The report (in Arabic and English, PDF format with Excel tables) is available on CSB’s website (Population Statistics, then Migration Statistics)
Date of access: January 2019.