High rate of Kuwaiti women marrying foreigners prompts calls for in-depth study

June 27, 2010

Kuwaitis have called for a study of the phenomenon of Kuwaiti women taking up foreign husbands after records for the first five months of this year indicated that 1,020 Kuwaiti women got married with non-Kuwaiti men.

The mixed marriages make up a slight figure of the 11,258 weddings celebrated between January and May and are less than half of the 2,759 marriages between Kuwaiti men and non-Kuwaiti women. However, for conservative Kuwaitis, the figure is too high and warrants a study to understand its causes and appreciate its consequences.

Kuwaiti women, despite impressive political rights and a presence both in parliament and in the government, have no right to transfer their nationality to their children, a fact that deeply affects their schooling and their inheritance since it hinders them from inheriting real estate from their mothers.

According to the statistics, 604 Kuwaiti couples divorced in the first five months of the year, compared with 182 Kuwaiti men divorcing their foreign wives and 53 Kuwaiti women divorcing their non-Kuwaiti husbands.

In neighbouring Qatar, 1,207 couples got married between January and May, with 724 weddings celebrated between Qatari couples.

According to Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA), the highest figure of marriages, 291, was in April, an unusual development in a country that has often celebrated wedding in January and February or early summer holidays.

The number of marriages in January was 188, with 106 Qataris and 82 foreigners taking wives. As for the brides, 110 were nationals and 78 were expatriates, The Peninsula reported. The figures suggest that four expatriate men have married Qatari women.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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