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Kuwait: Population by nationality (Kuwaiti/ non-Kuwaiti), sex, age group and marital status (December 2017)

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Kuwaitis
Never Married Married  Divorced  Widowed  Not Stated  Total
Males Females Males Females Males Females Males Females Males Females Males Females
15-19 67,660 62,207 232 2,884 13 181 2 130 130 68,035 65,404
20-24 56,088 42,241 9,285 19,608 744 2,236 2 37 34 25 66,153 64,147
25-29 24,367 17,374 28,730 33,473 2,826 5,072 13 120 47 30 55,983 56,069
30-34 9,132 9,098 35,993 37,208 3,583 5,979 21 256 80 30 48,809 52,571
35-39 3,684 5,214 33,420 33,410 3,048 5,385 58 523 105 23 40,315 44,555
40-44 2,183 3,961 29,946 29,644 2,478 5,076 99 997 87 34 34,793 39,712
45-49 1,400 2,983 26,038 25,274 2,150 4,693 141 1,451 64 29 29,793 34,430
50-54 965 2,249 22,159 20,982 1,719 4,020 234 2,229 58 41 25,135 29,521
55-59 601 1,542 16,660 15,802 1,279 2,911 252 3,115 31 50 18,823 23,420
60-64 335 1,022 12,368 11,591 788 1,877 356 4,410 19 32 13,866 18,932
>64 391 1,041 19,207 12,859 1,077 2,270 1,831 15,461 41 67 22,547 31,698
  166,806 148,932 234,038 242,735 19,705 39,700 3,007 28,601 696 491 424,252 460,459

 

Non-Kuwaitis
Never Married Married  Divorced  Widowed  Not Stated  Total
Males Females Males Females Males Females Males Females Males Females Males Females
15-19 38,739 34,477 371 2,039 3 82 2 4845 4645 43,958 41,245
20-24 81,733 28,735 43,903 17,435 152 638 24 25 5319 4035 131,131 50,868
25-29 171,099 45,457 154,261 75,729 717 1,851 58 125 4614 2565 330,749 125,727
30-34 158,527 38,811 191,593 102,692 1,482 2,512 83 226 80 50 351,765 144,291
35-39 148,868 30,176 194,023 95,049 1,831 2,555 77 324 1018 100 345,817 128,204
40-44 104,259 22,992 158,088 77,228 1,756 2,095 132 500 991 134 265,226 102,949
45-49 76,565 15,821 125,551 56,158 1,770 1,776 117 670 530 125 204,533 74,550
50-54 42333 7,749 90,657 35,501 1,658 1,330 124 840 256 60 135,028 45,480
55-59 18355 3,249 61,032 20,642 1,175 920 147 1,007 94 31 80,803 25,849
60-64 5456 1,160 36,525 10,895 740 479 155 1,125 50 9 42,926 13,668
>64 1402 696 26,509 9,505 737 539 705 3,887 14 16 29,367 14,643
847,336 229,323 1,082,513 502,873 12,021 14,777 1,622 8,731 17,811 11,770 1,961,303 767,474

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).

(c) Nationality group: collected according to the nationality of the head of the household.
Nationalities are grouped according to specific features common to certain population subgroups: language,  geographic origin, etc. or according to internationally recognized categories such as: (Arab / non-Arab Asian countries / non-Arab African countries; European countries … etc.).

2. Institution which provides data 

The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI)

3. Period of data coverage: 31 December 2017

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: March 2018