Oman’s population has come down by 39,430 in the first quarter of 2020, while the expatriate population has fallen by 108,361 when compared to the same period last year.
The National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) said that expatriates accounted for 41.7 per cent of the total population of the sultanate by the end of the first quarter of 2020, while they made up 43.7 per cent in Q1 of 2019. The expatriate population was 2,045,160 in Q1 2019, and it went down by 108,361 to 1,936,799 in Q1 of 2020.
The centre stated that the population of the sultanate reached 4,645,249 at the end of March 2020, including 2,708,419 Omanis, representing 58.3 per cent of the total population.
According to the bulletin, the total number of expatriate workers in the sultanate fell by 6.4 per cent at the end of the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period of 2019. The number of workers in the government sector declined during that period by 7.6 per cent, workers in the private sector by 7.1 per cent, and workers in the domestic sector by 3.3 per cent.
The bulletin indicated that 44.9 per cent of the total number of expatriates in Oman are concentrated in the Governorate of Muscat. Expatriate numbers were 870,544, compared to 571,192 Omanis residing in the six wilayats of the governorate. However, the number of expats in Muscat dropped by 2.64 percent in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.
The Governorate of North Batinah is the second most populous with expatriate numbers reaching 255,617. They comprised 32.5 per cent of the total population of the governorate. Dhofar was third with 222,650 expatriates, constituting 11.5 per cent of the total number of expatriates in the sultanate. They also constitute 49.4 percent of the total population of the governorate, which stands at 450,723 people.