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Bahrain: Inflows of foreign population by type of permit (family dependent, labour) (2009-2017)

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Family dependents Labourers Total visas
Regular worker Investor Temporary worker Domestic worker
2009 52,618 217,236 722 6,719 51,905 329,200
2010 59,297 225,662 1,094 4,683 40,770 331,506
2011 53,642 209,017 1,179 4,232 51,917 319,987
2012 60,186 236,175 1,787 6,218 57,722 362,088
2013 64,517 234,005 2,058 3,664 56,772 361,016
2014 69,305 262,597 2,691 2,767 57,055 394,415
2015 72,203 320,134 2,704 2,696 58,453 456,190
2016 77,202 441,128 4,011 1,616 59,329 583,286
2017 77,956 432,386 6,046 57 58,668 575,113

Source: LMRA-EMS and DWS; Ministry of Labour
 
ANNEXED NOTE
 
1. Technical Notes and Definitions

GLMM compilation of data submitted quarterly to LMRA from the Expatriates Management System (EMS), Domestic Workers System (DWS) (from 2014) and from MoL:
until September 2014,domestic labourers’  visas were issued by the Ministry of Labour.
The data refer to inflows (new and renewed permits). They are not net flows, since yearly figures of permits’ terminations are not substracted from these numbers.

2. Institution which provides data 

Ministry of Labour (MOL).
Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).

3. Data availability

The LMRA publishes these data under its Bahrain Labour Market Indicators (http://www.lmra.bh/blmi),  data section (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2018/06/mi_data.xml), table 33
and dashboard section (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2018/06/mi_dashboard.xml), table 80 (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2018/06/data/ems/Table_80.pdf).

Date of access: December 2018

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