As per the latest statistics (February 13, 2019), the number of Indian nationals legally residing in Kuwait has crossed the 10 lakh (One million) mark. In addition, there are about10,000 Indian nationals who have overstayed their visas and, therefore, are staying illegally in the country. Some highlights from the latest figures are:-
1. The Indian community in Kuwait continues to grow at 5-6% per annum. Our community remains largest and the most preferred community in Kuwait, the second largest expatriate community being the Egyptians.
2. The gender ratio of Indians in Kuwait is highly skewed as there are about 7.5 lakh Indian males as against only 2.5 lakh Indian females in the country.
3. The majority of Indians (5.23 Lakh) are deployed in private sectors (i.e. construction workers, technicians, engineers, doctors, chartered accountants, IT experts, etc.). In addition, there are about 1.16 lakh dependents i.e. spouses/children. Out of these, there are about 60,000 Indian students studying in 23 Indian schools in the country. There is no University-level educational facility available for Indian students in Kuwait.
4. Out of 10 lakh Indians, 3.27 lakh are domestic workers (i.e. drivers, gardeners, cleaners, nannies, cooks and housemaids). They are not allowed to bring their spouses/children into the country.
5. There are about 28,000 Indians working for the Kuwaiti Government in various jobs like nurses, engineers in National Oil Companies and a few as scientists. The demand for Indian nurses remains strong as ever in Kuwait.