Oman expatriate population touches 1.766 million
April 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM
A view of a roundabout in Ruwi, Muscat governorate. Photo - Times of Oman

Muscat: Expatriate population in Oman edged up 0.28 per cent to touch 1.7659 million by the end of February 2014, as against 1.7614 million in the previous month.

This constitutes 44.2 per cent of the country's total population of 3.9919 million, of which 2.2260 million people or 55.8 per cent are nationals, according to the latest monthly statistical bulletin of the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

Of the total 1.7659 million expatriates, 1.5345 million are employees working in various sectors and the remaining 232,000 people are their family members.

It appears that the growth in the flow of foreign workers is mainly driven by the construction sector, especially infrastructure projects. In fact, the government has allocated OMR3.2 billion or 24 per cent of overall public expenditure as investment expenditure.

The NCSI report also showed that Indian workers lead different nationalities with 597,334 employees,  followed by Bangladeshis (508,774), Pakistanis (223,219), Ethiopians (44,411), Indonesians (30,734), Filipinos (29,251), Egyptians (23,094), Nepalese (12,806) and Sri Lankans (12,468).  

Among expatriate workers, 1.25 million are working in the private sector, 56,468 in the government sector and 227,238 are employed by families in families, noted the report.  The government of Oman has been trying to reduce the country's dependence on the foreign workforce in an apparent move to create job opportunities for the nationals.  

Muscat has the largest expatriate working population of 664,639, followed by Al Batinah North at 202,150 and Dhofar at 179,111.

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