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Working age population by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti), sex, age group and marital status (2012)

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      KUWAITIS           NON-KUWAITIS      
Age group   Never Married Married Divorced Widowed Not Stated Total Never Married Married Divorced Widowed Not Stated Total
15-19 males 66.249 451 38 0 42 66.780 36.869 392 3 1 5.940 43.205
  females 60.099 3.882 256 4 30 64.271 30.076 1.945 68 3 5.612 37.704
  total 126.348 4.333 294 4 72 131.051 66.945 2.337 71 4 11.552 80.909
20-24 males 44.531 11.031 921 1 34 56.518 64.752 29.956 104 17 6.698 101.527
  females 31.685 20.585 2.402 44 20 54.736 37.216 32.282 655 32 4.939 75.124
  total 76.216 31.616 3.323 45 54 111.254 101.968 62.238 759 49 11.637 176.651
25-29 males 17.696 28.995 2.372 10 43 49.116 144.656 98.437 565 54 87 243.799
  females 13.174 32.068 4.497 112 33 49.884 56.563 87.854 1.403 89 27 145.936
  total 30.870 61.063 6.869 122 76 99.000 201.219 186.291 1.968 143 114 389.735
30-34 males 5.583 32.512 2.509 27 65 40.696 161.661 138.610 1.136 67 1.192 302.666
  females 6.422 31.853 4.385 261 28 42.949 39.182 93.447 1.786 186 116 134.717
  total 12.005 64.365 6.894 288 93 83.645 200.843 232.057 2.922 253 1.308 437.383
35-39 males 2.747 30.184 2.161 63 44 35.199 113.941 136.735 1.286 114 1.243 253.319
  females 4.503 29.921 4.330 575 35 39.364 28.206 82.510 1.721 330 152 112.919
  total 7.250 60.105 6.491 638 79 74.563 142.147 219.245 3.007 444 1.395 366.238
40-44 males 1.669 26.676 1.891 66 44 30.346 85.331 122.406 1.504 110 646 209.997
  females 3.241 26.283 4.040 831 29 34.424 19.784 64.469 1.608 511 132 86.504
  total 4.910 52.959 5.931 897 73 64.770 105.115 186.875 3.112 621 778 296.501
45-49 males 1.071 22.934 1.551 114 31 25.701 50.722 101.206 1.513 110 349 153.900
  females 2.373 22.310 3.648 1.388 47 29.766 11.310 46.769 1.354 693 77 60.203
  total 3.444 45.244 5.199 1.502 78 55.467 62.032 147.975 2.867 803 426 214.103
50-54 males 671 17.554 1.182 138 17 19.562 24.172 75.411 1.170 118 152 101.023
  females 1.637 17.198 2.855 2.102 56 23.848 4.843 28.025 997 816 42 34.723
  total 2.308 34.752 4.037 2.240 73 43.410 29.015 103.436 2.167 934 194 135.746
55-59 males 379 13.283 740 229 16 14.647 8.383 52.047 819 139 81 61.469
  females 1.084 13.171 2.021 3.220 34 19.530 1.695 15.583 604 970 13 18.865
  total 1.463 26.454 2.761 3.449 50 34.177 10.078 67.630 1.423 1.109 94 80.334
TOTAL males 140.596 183.620 13.365 648 336 338.565 690.487 755.200 8.100 730 16.388 1.470.905
  females 124.218 197.271 28.434 8.537 312 358.772 228.875 452.884 10.196 3.630 11.110 706.695
  total 264.814 380.891 41.799 9.185 648 697.337 919.362 1.208.084 18.296 4.360 27.498 2.177.600

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).

 

(c) Working age population: population aged 15 to 60.

 

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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