Imperial Cleaning

The recent amendments to the Kafala system have also been criticized as barely scratching the surface. As mentioned before, the number of Bangladeshis in Qatar is increasing at a stupendously fast rate.

Population data sources

Population data sources

Some of the recent developments have seen drafts on a proposed agreement with Uganda to bring up to 40, Ugandans to Qatar. A new manpower agreement with Indonesia envisions a further 24, nationals of that country heading for Qatar, expandable to a maximum of 70, Reports have also surfaced of manpower agreements with Cambodia , from where at least 33, workers are supposed to be recruited in the future.

Rumours of recruiting 50, Moroccan workers also surfaced last year. Indians constitute by far the biggest single nationality in Qatar, numbering at around , at the end of The community witnessed a massive increase between and when it jumped from , to around , While the growth has slowed down since then, it is still formidable and Indians are most likely to stay the biggest national group in the country for the foreseeable future.

Between and the main sending states of Indian labour to Qatar were as follows in decreasing order: The recent amendments to the Kafala system have also been criticized as barely scratching the surface. However, some media reports by foreign press should be looked upon with a dose of skepticism. One of the most obvious cases was how reporting was done on the number of Nepalis that die in Qatar every year, stemming mainly from an ITUC report , but not limited to it.

There is more than enough meat on the bone to chew; working conditions, financial compensation and personal freedom of Nepali and indeed many other workers in Qatar offer a lot of room for legitimate criticism. This goes to show that the downward trend is still in effect. It is interesting to note that the total population of Qataris is actually increasing fast, it just cannot keep up with the ever growing numbers of foreigners pouring into the country and is thus shrinking in proportion to the total number.

As evident from the graphic above, Qataris have been a minority in their own country for a long time. Sometime between and Indians also surpassed Qataris as the biggest single national group, while Nepalis surged ahead of the locals by latest. Another community that is fast gaining up on the local population and is likely to surpass it in the near future is that of Bangladesh.

As mentioned before, the number of Bangladeshis in Qatar is increasing at a stupendously fast rate. According to the latest available data, there were , in early and that number is likely to explode in the coming few years as Qatar and Bangladesh have signed an agreement to recruit up to , additional Bangladeshi workers in the next two years. Considering this, it is highly likely that the true numbers of Bangladeshis in Qatar are already considerably higher than the last official estimate of , which was given in March According to data, which I received in January from the Filipino Embassy in Qatar, there were , Filipinos with valid work visas as of May Although I was unable to receive further clarifications regarding the number, media reports indicate that does not include Filipinos on family sponsorship.

According to the Philippine Business Council in Qatar, the total number of Filipinos should be around , After the Filipino community experienced a decline in , when an unofficial ban on new Filipino visas was supposedly in effect, their numbers are again on the rise. Their migration to Qatar started in the s, but dramatically accelerated later on in the s. The most important thing to point out is that the Government of Qatar does not publish demographic data on population by nationality.

The only exception is for Qatari nationals, for which the number can be extrapolated from various demographic data sets published by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics MDPS. The majority of figures shown in the table below have been sourced from foreign embassies in Qatar.

In several additional cases the Government of Qatar has made data for specific nationalities publicly available. These occasions happened when a high ranking official was interviewed by the media, as well as a few instances of the figures appearing on official Qatari Governmental websites. As mentioned before, the number of Bangladeshis in Qatar is increasing at a stupendously fast rate.

According to the latest available data, there were , in early and that number is likely to explode in the coming few years as Qatar and Bangladesh have signed an agreement to recruit up to , additional Bangladeshi workers in the next two years. Considering this, it is highly likely that the true numbers of Bangladeshis in Qatar are already considerably higher than the last official estimate of , which was given in March According to data, which I received in January from the Filipino Embassy in Qatar, there were , Filipinos with valid work visas as of May Although I was unable to receive further clarifications regarding the number, media reports indicate that does not include Filipinos on family sponsorship.

According to the Philippine Business Council in Qatar, the total number of Filipinos should be around , After the Filipino community experienced a decline in , when an unofficial ban on new Filipino visas was supposedly in effect, their numbers are again on the rise. Their migration to Qatar started in the s, but dramatically accelerated later on in the s. The most important thing to point out is that the Government of Qatar does not publish demographic data on population by nationality.

The only exception is for Qatari nationals, for which the number can be extrapolated from various demographic data sets published by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics MDPS. The majority of figures shown in the table below have been sourced from foreign embassies in Qatar.

In several additional cases the Government of Qatar has made data for specific nationalities publicly available. These occasions happened when a high ranking official was interviewed by the media, as well as a few instances of the figures appearing on official Qatari Governmental websites.

As I have prepared this sort of report twice before in and , the report is meant to serve as an update and contains the latest available information on each nationality in Qatar. Most of the data on individual nationalities is at most two years old and thus aims to showcase the most recent possible numbers.

While I have been able to collate figures for over 80 nationalities residing in Qatar, there are of course many more that are not presented in this research. While MDPS never clearly and directly says how many Qatari nationals there are, the fact that they publish a lot of demographic data, makes it possible to extrapolate the numbers, using various data sets.

For the purpose of this report, the following two publications were used: This number includes economically active and inactive population including disabled persons, students, retirees, homemakers, etc and is provided based on gender as well.

The estimate of the population ratio is from mid A simple equation let us calculate how many Qataris there were in total in Q2 I have ignored the potential shift in the population pyramid which might have occurred in the last three years, so there is some room for error there.

Priya DSouza Consultancy offers business intelligence and related services. For more information see the Consultancy page or email us at contact priyadsouza. The list of nationalities. Figures published in the media that can be attributed to a Government official: Growth of select nationalities graphic.

Growth of Indian Community in Qatar graphic. Economic Reforms and Performance — http: Nationals vs foreigners graphic. Population of Qatar by nationality - report February 7,


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