Muscat: Oman's expatriate population declined in eight out of Oman's 11 governorates from November-December 2017, according to figures released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).
New data indicates that the number of expats declined by 0.08 per cent overall, with the governorate of Muscat incurring the largest month-to-month fall with more than 9,808 expats leaving from November to December, 2017.
In November 2017, the total number of expats living in Muscat stood at 955,455, falling to 948,342 by the end of the year.
In Dhofar, the number of expats followed a similar downward trend, falling from 248,628 to 247,010 during the same period. Declines were also recorded in the Governorates of Al Batinah South, Al Buraymi, Musandam, Sharqiyah South, Sharqiyah North, and Al Wusta.
The Governorates of Ad Dakhiliyah, Al Batinah North, and Adh Dhahirah recorded increases in their number of expats during that time.