By Geoffrey E. Ffrench M.A., M.D., Allan G. Hill B. A., Ph. D. (auth.)

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Population Expansion by Natural Increase Introduction Natural increase occurs in a "closed" population when the number of births exceeds the total number of deaths over a period of years. A "closed" population implies that in- or out-migration is excluded from the Table 15. 5 All non-Kuwaitis: 247,280 +8,423 +29,790 +156,478 441,971 Jordanian Irani Iraqi Lebanese Omani Syrian Pakistani Indian Egyptian British 1967 Net movements January 1968 Population totals Percent 1968 Total 100 Compiled from: Census of Population, 1965, Table 2.

2. Population Expansion by Immigration a) War-time immigration Between 1937 and 1947 the number of immigrants in Kuwait increased sharply, especially in the 5 year period 1942-1947. Dickson describes wartime in Kuwait as a period of difficulty for everyone (Chapter III). It seems unlikely that immigration was significant during this period, but as soon as hostilities ended and oil exports began in 1946 a flood of arrivals apparently reached Kuwait. Confirmation of this is available in the retrospective calculations based on the statistics available in the 1957 Census of Population concerning period of arrival of the non-Kuwaiti population.

Besides this overall increase of the immigrant population the period was distinguished by several significant trends in the character of the alien population. 1. Between 1957 and 1965 the numbers of women arriving in Kuwait rose sharply. In 1957 there were only 274 non-Kuwaiti women per 1,000 non-Kuwaiti males. By 1961 the figure had risen to 374, and by 1965 there were 423 females per thousand males. 2. Associated with this increase in non-Kuwaiti women was an increase in the number of young children.

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