Nasra M. Shah


Center for Migration and Refugee Studies

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Research Article

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Migration and Refugee Movements in the Middle East and North Africa

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This paper outlines the major trends in migration to Kuwait and describes the salient characteristics of the foreign population in comparison with the nationals. It also highlights the past and current policies of the country to manage and regulate migration. The paper is organized as follows. It begins with an overview of the population growth disaggregated by nationality, focusing especially on the growth in trends of Arabs vs. Asians. This section also describes the demographic structure of the population in terms of age, sex, and educational characteristics. The second section looks at the trends in the contribution of non-Kuwaitis to the labor force activity within the country and discusses their occupational distribution in comparison with Kuwaiti nationals. The final section examines the policies the country has had in place during the various phases of its development and comments on the likely future trends.

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