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Expatriate population down by 100,000

22 Jun 2020

Oman’s total expatriate population has come down by almost 100,000 from January 1 to June 21 while the Omani population has gone up by 25,174. The number of expatriate workers employed in the sultanate, in particular, has declined by 90,547 in the first five months of 2020.  

The number of expatriates working in the private sector has come down by 75,554, those working in the domestic/family sector by 13,074 and in the government sector by 1,919.  

According to the figures from the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), the expatriates accounted for 42.3 per cent of the total population of the sultanate by the end of 2019 while they comprised 40.80 per cent on June 21. The expatriate population was 1,972,088 in 2019 and it went down by 99,918 to 1,872,170 on June 21.    

The population of the sultanate reached 4,590,100 on June 21, including 2,717,930 Omanis, representing 59.2 per cent of the total population.   

According to the NCSI statistics, the total number of expatriate workers in the sultanate fell by 5.3 per cent (or by 90,547) by May 2020, compared to the end of 2019. The number of expat workers in the government sector declined during that period by 3.5 per cent, workers in the private sector by 5.5 per cent, and workers in the domestic sector by 4.4 per cent.  

Bangladeshi workers form the bulk of the expatriate population, which saw a decline of 30,968 in the first five months of 2020, totalling 599,713 at the end of May. The expat Indian worker population declined by 35,654,  totalling 582,076, and the Pakistani expat worker population fell by 10,133 to reach 197,155 at the end of May.  

The statistics indicated that Muscat Governorate is most populated with expatriate workers whose number in the governorate fell from 731,088 at the end of 2019 to 698,675 by May. North Batinah is next with 224,902 expat workers, followed by Dhofar with 182,606 expats, both of them witnessing a decline of 12,874 and 12,765 expat workers respectively in the first five months of this year.

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