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GCC: Estimates of the figures of foreign nationals (selected nationalities), by country of residence in the GCC (2012-2016)

Country of residence and year of reference
Bahrain Kuwait Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia UAE
2014 end 2012 mid-2016 2013-2014 2013 2013-2014
Egypt 20,000 482,692 51,796 180,000 1,300,000 400,000
Jordan 7,000 55,081 n,d, 40,000 250,000 200,000
Lebanon 2,300 42,586 n,d, 25,000 160,000 100,000
Morocco 800 3,495 n,d, 9,000 20,000 14,000
Palestine 5,000 8,072 n,d, 20,500 500,000 150,000
Syria 3,000 135,554 n,d, 60,000 1,000,000 242,000
Sudan 14,000 4,551 n,d, 42,000 500,000 75,000
Tunisia 500 2,863 n,d, 15,000 12,000 4,500
Yemen 4,700 10,762 n,d, 40,000 800,000 90,000
Ethiopia 1,129 77,279 16,529 21,374 150,000 90,000
Ghana n,d, 791 n,d, n,d, n,d, 500
Kenya n,d, 261 n,d, 9,300 n,d, 40,000
Bangladesh 98,221 190,171 666,856 150,000 1,500,000 700,000
India 257,663 692,525 776,829 545,000 2,000,000 2,600,000
Indonesia 29,553 14,036 21,143 39,000 1,500,000 85,000
Nepal 722 55,486 14,383 400,000 500,000 300,000
Pakistan 48,991 120,040 251,829 90,000 1,500,000 1,200,000
Philippines 29,722 161,742 40,276 200,000 670,000 525,530
Sri Lanka 7,627 109,860 19,787 100,000 550,000 300,000
Total non nationals 683,818 2,299,691 1,986,226 1,986,174 ?* 7,800,000

Sources: see below

ANNEXED NOTE
Sources and Definitions
*official figure for the non-nationals mid-2013: 9,723,214. UN/DESA: 9,060,433
Figures of migrants in the GCC may be overestimated due to its comprising a large share of Gulf-born (second- and third- generation) non-nationals.
Palestinians are holders of travel documents.
Sources: unless stated otherwise, receiving countries’ estimates in relevant tables in the POP section of the GLMM database.
1. UN/ DESA 2013 revision total migrants’ stocks by origin and destination countries
2. Snoj, Jure. “Population of Qatar by nationality”, BQ Magazine, Doha, December 2014.
http://www.bqdoha.com/2013/12/population-qatar
http://gulfmigration.eu/qatar-estimates-of-foreign-nationals-residing-in-qatar-by-country-of-citizenship-selected-countries-2014/
and Snoj, Jure. “UAE’s population- by nationality”, BQ Magazine, Doha, April 12, 2015.
http://www.bq-magazine.com/economy/socioeconomics/2015/04/uae-population-by-nationality
3. Latest figures available as of October 2015, in: De Bel-Air, F. “A Note on Syrian Refugees in the Gulf: Attempting to Assess Data and Policies,” GLMM Explanatory Note, GLMM – EN – No. 11/2015 http://gulfmigration.eu/media/pubs/exno/GLMM_EN_2015_11.pdf
Table as of May 15, 2017.

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