Expat population in Oman falls by over 97,000 in 2 months

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Muscat - 

The latest figures from the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) show that the number of expatriates in Oman has decreased by over 97,000.

The sultanate’s population was 4,584,591 on July 10, which included 2,581,390 Omanis and 2,003,201 expats. The population (as of June 30) stood at 4,592,759, an increase of 1,819,280 (65 per cent) over 2010 census when it was 2,773,479. It jumped over by 2,251,944 (96 per cent) since 2003 census when population was at 2,340,815. Oman’s total population as of end-April was 4,670,899 - 2,569,994 Omanis and 2,100,905 expats.

According to NCSI, the overall population of the sultanate has come down by 86,308 in a little over two months (May 1 to July 10), while the expat population in the same period fell by 97,704.

World Population Day marked World Population Day, a United Nations initiative, is marked every year on July 11 to raise awareness about the rising world population. This year focuses on Family Planning to mark 50 years since family planning won recognition as a human right.

“Tragically, reliable family planning methods are out of reach for hundreds of millions of people around the world.

“Many resort to unsafe, unreliable methods, some of which can be dangerous,” the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) stated.

In a message on World Population Day, Dr Natalia Kanem, executive director, UNFPA, said that family planning is not only a matter of human rights, it is also central to women’s empowerment, reducing poverty and achieving sustainable development. ‏

“Yet, in developing regions, some 214mn women still lack safe and effective family planning methods, for reasons ranging from lack of information or services to lack of support from their partners or communities. This threatens their ability to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities,” she said.

Today, the world’s population totals 7.6bn people and is expected to grow to nearly 10bn by the middle of this century.

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