Kuwait ranks second in average ‘population growth’ rate in GCC

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‘Males in Kuwait make up 61.5 pc of total population’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 20: Kuwait is ranked second with the average annual population growth rate in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries between 2015 and 2019, with a growth rate of 3 percent, preceded by Qatar with 3.5 percent, with Oman coming in third place with a growth rate of 2.7 percent, followed by Saudi Arabia in fourth with 2.4 percent, the UAE fifth with 2.2 percent, and finally Bahrain, recording a growth rate of 2 percent, reports Al-Qabas daily

The statistics is issued by the Statistical Center of the Cooperation Council for the Gulf Arab States affiliated to the General Secretariat of the GCC States. The statistics stated that the population pyramid in the GCC has a narrow base, as it forms the population group less than 15 years old which is always unproductive, a rate of 21.9 percent.

The center stated that Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are among the Gulf countries that witnessed an increase in the number of males compared to women between 2015 and 2019, in light of its decline in the rest of the GCC countries, explaining this is due to the lack of stability in the qualitative composition of the population, as the percentage increases and decreases from year to year, affected by factors and several variables, the most important of which is the nature of new arrivals or departures from the country, and related to the nature of the projects implemented by the state.

Males in Kuwait make up 61.5 percent of the total population, which is a high percentage and places Kuwait in fourth place among the GCC countries, as according to the report, it relies heavily on bringing the so-called bachelors (without families) due to the nature of the business that is often concentrated in infrastructure projects.

The center indicated that the population pyramid has expanded significantly for age groups between 15 and 64 years, reaching 75.4%, while the numbers of males in these groups are not at a level of similarity with the numbers of females for reasons related to the composition of the expatriate workforce and the development projects.

Expatriate workers occupy the largest percentage of the age group between 25 and 54 years, at a rate of 56.3 percent, while the age group of 65 years or higher is decreasing due to the small number of individuals in general, and the small number of expatriates in particular, and constitute 2.8 percent, and the majority of them are citizens from other GCC countries.

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