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Oman: Arrests and deportations of foreign workers in irregular situation by administrative region (2012)

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Arrests Deportations
Muscat Governorate 8,732 6,030
Al Batinah (North and South) 2,865 25
Dhofar Governorate 1,193 682
Adh Dhahirah Region 1,031 423
Ad Dakhliyah Region 1,023 650
Ash Sharqiyah (North and South) 661 389
Al Buraymi Governorate 113 52
Musandam Governorate 9 1
Al Wusta Region
Total 15,627 7,391

Source: Ministry of Manpower, Annual Yearbook 2012

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The table refers to all arrests and deportations performed during the given year, due to any type of contravention to entry, residency and labor laws
(infiltrators, those working with a tourist or visitors’ visa; those working in a profession other than that stated on their iqama, etc).
Operations of detection of foreign nationals in irregular situation are conducted in private sector’s establishments by MoM’s Search Department (taftish) jointly with the Royal Police of Oman.

2. Institution which provides data

Ministry of Manpower, Mascate

3. Data availability

Ministry of Manpower’s website:
MoM’s Annual Reports for the years 2009 to 2013 are available in PDF format (in Arabic only) in the “Media Center” section of MoM’s website:

Last date of access: September 2015.

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