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Population by nationality (Kuwaiti / non-Kuwaiti), sex and age group (2012)

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    Kuwaitis     Non-Kuwaitis     Total  
Age group males females total males females total males females total
0-4 82.384 79.748 162.132 75.122 72.408 147.530 157.506 152.156 309.662
5-9 78.318 75.935 154.253 63.711 60.458 124.169 142.029 136.393 278.422
10-14 68.379 65.620 133.999 46.864 44.615 91.479 115.243 110.235 225.478
15-19 66.780 64.271 131.051 43.205 37.704 80.909 109.985 101.975 211.960
20-24 56.518 54.736 111.254 101.527 75.124 176.651 158.045 129.860 287.905
25-29 49.116 49.884 99.000 243.799 145.936 389.735 292.915 195.820 488.735
30-34 40.696 42.949 83.645 302.666 134.717 437.383 343.362 177.666 521.028
35-39 35.199 39.364 74.563 253.319 112.919 366.238 288.518 152.283 440.801
40-44 30.346 34.424 64.770 209.997 86.504 296.501 240.343 120.928 361.271
45-49 25.701 29.766 55.467 153.900 60.203 214.103 179.601 89.969 269.570
50-54 19.562 23.848 43.410 101.023 34.723 135.746 120.585 58.571 179.156
55-59 14.647 19.530 34.177 61.469 18.865 80.334 76.116 38.395 114.511
60-64 9.135 13.506 22.641 29.070 10.052 39.122 38.205 23.558 61.763
65-69 6.809 9.749 16.558 11.519 5.189 16.708 18.328 14.938 33.266
70-74 5.419 6.565 11.984 4.879 2.915 7.794 10.298 9.480 19.778
75-79 3.539 3.975 7.514 2.148 1.698 3.846 5.687 5.673 11.360
80-84 1.759 1.919 3.678 808 969 1.777 2.567 2.888 5.455
>85 1.058 1.282 2.340 442 825 1.267 1.500 2.107 3.607
TOTAL 595.365 617.071 1.212.436 1.705.468 905.824 2.611.292 2.300.833 1.522.895 3.823.728

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).

 

 

2. Institution which provides data

 

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

 

3. Period of data coverage: December 2012

 

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: June 2013.

 

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