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Kuwait expat population falls in first half

The expatriate Expatriate

An employee who is a U.S. citizen living and working in a foreign country.
 population of Kuwait dropped 0.6 percent in the first half of 2009, bringing to an end 19 years of sharp increases in the oil-rich emirate e·mir·ate  
1. The office of an emir.

2. The nation or territory ruled by an emir.

Noun 1. emirate - the domain controlled by an emir
, official figures revealed on Sunday.

The number of foreign residents dropped to 2.34 million from 2.355 million at the end of 2008, figures posted on the Public Authority for Civil Information showed.

Their number at the end of 2007 stood at 2.345 million.

As a result of the fall, Kuwait's population in the first half remained almost flat at 3.443 million.

The largest drop in population was recorded in 1990 when a majority of expatriates fled the emirate after Iraqi troops invaded under Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein

(born April 28, 1937, Tikrit, Iraq—died Dec. 30, 2006, Baghdad) President of Iraq (1979–2003). He joined the Ba'th Party in 1957. Following participation in a failed attempt to assassinate Iraqi Pres.

Foreigners Foreigners


the condition of being an alien.


Law. the seizure of foreign subjects to enforce a claim for justice or other right against their nation.

gypsyologist, gipsyologist

, a majority of whom are Asians, still form 68 percent of Kuwait's population, the figures showed. At 1.102 million Kuwaiti citizens accounted for 32 percent.

The contraction contraction, in physics
contraction, in physics: see expansion.
contraction, in grammar
contraction, in writing: see abbreviation.

contraction - reduction
 in the expatriate population stands in sharp contrast with the big rises of recent years.

Between 2004 and 2008, when oil prices surged, the number of foreigners increased by 737,000, an average annual growth of 9.1 percent, or close to 150,000, mostly due to recruitment from outside and partly due to natural growth.

The number of expatriate workers fell 1.14 percent to 1.73 million in the first half of 2009, a slide of 20,000 workers, the figures showed.

Last year, the number of foreign workers foreign workers

Those who work in a foreign country without initially intending to settle there and without the benefits of citizenship in the host country. Some are recruited to supplement the workforce of a host country for a limited term or to provide skills on a
 dropped 0.85 percent to 1.75 million as Kuwaiti private companies cut their workforce due to the impact of the global financial crisis.
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Date:Oct 18, 2009
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