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Oman population drops by over 100,000

23 Aug 2020

Oman’s total population has come down by over 100,000 even as the number of expatriates dropped by more than 167,000 as of July 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.  

Omanis – 2,726,195 in all – represented 60.2 per cent of the total population, while expats accounted for 39.8 per cent with 1,801,739 residents at the end of July 2020. 

Oman’s total population of 4,630,382 in July 2019 comprised 57.5 per cent Omanis (2,662,535) and 42.5 per cent expatriates (1,968,847).  

While the number of Omani citizens increased by 64,660 in July 2020 over the previous year, the number of expatriates dec-reased by 167,108 in this period resulting in an overall decline of 102,448.  

According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), there were 1,712,798 expatriate employees working in various sectors in Oman at the end of 2019. That number dropped to 1,542,069 in July 2020.  

In July 2020, the expatriate workforce in the private sector shrank by 12 per cent over the same period in 2019 to account for 1,228,713, while those eng-aged in the domestic/family sector reduced by 8.9 per cent to 268,798. The number of expatriates working in the government sector in July 2020 had declined by 18.8 per cent over the previous year accounting for 44,558.  

Bangladeshi workers form the bulk of the expatriate population, which saw a decline of 10.2 per cent year on year in July 2020 now accounting for 580,132 workers.  

The Indian expat worker population declined by 14.5 per cent to 542,091, while the Pakistani worker population fell by 11.9 per cent to 185,626. 

The NCSI stated that the Governorate of Muscat, which is home to 30.5 per cent of Oman’s total population, hosts 1,380,509 people – 41.7 per cent or 575,108 Omanis and 58.3 per cent or 805,401 expatriates.  


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