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Inactive population by nationality (Qatari/ non-Qatari), sex and age group (2010)

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    Qataris     Non-Qataris     TOTAL  
  Males Females Total Males Females Total Males Females Total
15-24 14.617 18615 33232 18.646 25.656 44.302 33.263 44.271 77.534
25-34 1.181 7088 8269 1.815 30.853 32.668 2.996 37.941 40.937
35-44 905 5878 6783 406 22.092 22.498 1.311 27.970 29.281
45-54 2.258 7618 9876 311 11.330 11.641 2.569 18.948 21.517
55-64 2.499 4595 7094 487 4.746 5.233 2.986 9.341 12.327
>65 3.099 3822 6921 699 1.664 2.363 3.798 5.486 9.284
Total 24.559 47.616 72.175 22.364 96.341 118.705 46.923 143.957 190.880

Source: census 2010, QSA




1. Technical Notes and Definitions


Reference period for census 2010: the night of April 21st, 2010.

Implementation method: census is based on de jure method; i.e. registering people according to their usual place of residence at time of census.

Populations in transit or visiting Qatar as tourists, as well as residents of public housing or visitors staying in a household for less than two months after night of reference were excluded.

Populations away from usual residence in Qatar for reasons of duty, or on a visit abroad for less than two months, as well as individuals with no personal housing within Qatar staying with a household for more than two months, are counted in their usual/ present residence during census night.

Population of reference: all individuals (nationals and non-nationals) present within the State’s borders during time of reference, including in labour camps.


Inactive population:

Full-time student: The person (15 years or older) enrolled in any educational institution as a full-time persistent student with purpose of attaining an academic degree, irrespective of whether the schooling hours are in the morning or evening. Any trainee enrolled in vocational training institutes is regarded as a full-time student.

Full-time housewife: The female (15 years or older) who is fully engaged in home management and family care, and does not practice any other work

Retired: The person who is not working but capable of work, does not look for work during the week ending on 20/04/2010 and gets a fixed pension for work he had joined before

Disabled: The person (15 years or older) who is not capable of work due to illness, handicap or old age.

Not searching for work: The person (15 years or older) who is capable of work but not working or searching for work and he is not enrolled in any of the educational institutes. Such person is called “economically self-sufficient”.

Others: Any cases encountered by the enumerator other than the above mentioned e.g. inmates of jails, health resorts, hospitals, etc not engaged with work).


2. Institution which provides data


Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA)

( for website in English; for website in Arabic)


3. Data availability


None of Qatar censuses or other sources have ever disclosed figures of total population broken down by country of citizenship or even by nationality (Qatari/non-Qatari).

For 2010 data have been collected but remain withheld. The census only provides detailed data on population 15 years and above by nationality.

Released parts of census are available on the website of the QSA, in published form in PDF format.

Census 2010′ website:

2010′ census in Excel or PDF format individual tables:


Date of access: June 2013.