28,61,380 expatriates in Kuwait with valid residency

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Latest statistics by the residency affairs department show that there are 2,861,380 expats with valid residency permits. Local daily reported that this include 2,017,084 males and 844,296 females.

The statistics by the Residency Affairs Department, headed by Maj Gen Abdullah Al-Hajeri, showed that the number of workers who have article 17 residency permits (who work in the government sector) is 107,887 - 68,577 males and 39,350 females.

As for those who work in the private sector, their number is 1,518,711 - 1,394,913 males and 123,798 females. The number of domestic helpers who have article 20 visas is 687,267 - 349,273 males and 337,994 females. Those who have family visas number 544,048 persons - 202,295 males and 341,753 female, and those who are self-sponsored (with article 24 residency permits) number 2,429 - 1,191 males and 1,238 females.

The daily also reported that there are an estimated 90,000 residency violators in the country. The interior ministry is considering several options to reduce their numbers, adding one of the options is to carry out intensive campaigns to arrest them and take action against their sponsors, especially those who entered on visit visas and did not leave.

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