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

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    Kuwaitis     Non-Kuwaitis   TOTAL  
  males females total males females total males females total
15-19 422 420 842 795 586 1.381 1.217 1.006 2.223
20-24 1.115 839 1.954 920 1.684 2.604 2.035 2.523 4.558
25-29 1.552 2.011 3.563 3.459 4.455 7.914 5.011 6.466 11.477
30-34 638 1.663 2.301 4.138 3.539 7.677 4.776 5.202 9.978
35-39 360 686 1.046 3.170 2.115 5.285 3.530 2.801 6.331
40-44 335 312 647 2.285 1.430 3.715 2.620 1.742 4.362
45-49 297 212 509 936 872 1.808 1.233 1.084 2.317
50-54 231 136 367 414 457 871 645 593 1.238
55-59 175 286 461 249 232 481 424 518 942
60-64 108 148 256 145 129 274 253 277 530
65-69 286 29 315 457 252 709 743 281 1.024
Total 5.519 6.742 12.261 16.968 15.751 32.719 22.487 22.493 44.980

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 having 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).

 

(c) Unemployed population: population aged 15 years and over, able to work, looking for employment and unable to find one.

 

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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