50,000 more expats leave Oman in August

Oman Sunday 20/September/2020 15:59 PM
By: Times News Service
50,000 more expats leave Oman in August

Muscat: Oman’s expatriate population dropped by more than 50,000 during the month of August, according to government data. 

The number of expats in Oman in August was 1,747,844, down from 1,801,739 in July, reflecting a decrease of 53,895 expatriates during this period.

The number of Omanis rose from 2,726,195 in July to 2,732,489, and increase of more than 6,000 locals. The decrease in the number of expats meant the country’s population dropped from 4,527,934 to 4,480,333, a 3.88 percent decline in population between August 2019 and 2020.

All of Oman’s 11 governorates reported population decline. Muscat showed the largest percentage drop (6.2 percent), with the number of expats dipping from 805,401 in July, to 778,387 in August, a decrease of about 27,000 people.

The second-highest drop was witnessed in the southern Governorate of Dhofar, which saw a 5.6 percent population decrease. Expat number dropped from 207,850 to 202,072 in a month’s time.

The figures were released in the National Centre for Statistics and Information’s Monthly Statistical Bulletin for September 2020.