Oman’s expatriate worker population has dropped by 13 per cent – close to a quarter of a million people – in the first eight months of this year.
Over 100,000 of those who left were from India.
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. The number dropped to 1,490,421 in August 2020 with 222,377 expatriates leaving Oman in the first eight months of 2020.
In August 2020, the number of expatriates working in the government sector reduced by 10,701 (19.5 per cent) to 43,986 when compared to figures at the end of 2019.
The expatriate workforce in the private sector shrank by 13.28 per cent over the same period to 1,182,694, while those engaged in the domestic/family sector reduced by 10.33 per cent to 263,741.
While Bangladeshi workers continue to make up the bulk of the expatriate population, their numbers declined by 10.41 per cent (65,670 persons) in the eight months till August 2020, and now account for 565,011 workers.
The Indian expat worker population declined by 16.19 per cent (100,028 persons) to 517,702, while the Pakistani worker population fell by 13.7 per cent (28,405 persons) to 178,883.
Filipinos – 3,539 left reducing their number to 45,917 workers – and Egyptians – 2,978 left to reduce their number to 32,070 workers – make up the top five expatriate employee population.
The NCSI stated that the Governorate of Muscat, which is home to the largest number of expatriate workers, saw their number fall by 99,309 to 631,779 at the end of August 2020.
North Batinah saw an exodus of 28,738 foreign workers for the total to drop to 209,038 in August.Dhofar, which is home to the third highest expat worker population in the country, saw a drop 26,977 workers taking their total number to 168,394 in August.
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