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Oman: Population by nationality (Omani/ non-Omani) (1985-2013) ( Mid-year estimates )

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Year Omani Expatriate Total
1985 1,102,000 314,000 1,416,000
1986 1,143,000 295,000 1,438,000
1987 1,185,000 239,000 1,424,000
1988 1,226,000 275,000 1,501,000
1989 1,274,000 285,000 1,559,000
1990 1,321,000 304,000 1,625,000
1991 1,369,000 388,000 1,757,000
1992 1,417,000 465,000 1,882,000
1993 (1) 1,465,000 535,000 2,000,000
1994 1,512,000 538,000 2,050,000
1995 1,557,000 574,000 2,131,000
1996 1,602,000 612,000 2,214,000
1997 1,642,000 613,000 2,255,000
1998 1,685,000 602,000 2,287,000
1999 1,729,000 596,000 2,325,000
2000 1,778,000 624,000 2,402,000
2001 1,826,000 652,000 2,478,000
2002 1,870,000 668,000 2,538,000
2003 (1) 1,782,000 559,000 2,341,000
2004 1,803,000 613,000 2,416,000
2005 1,843,000 666,000 2,509,000
2006 1,884,000 693,000 2,577,000
2007 1,923,000 820,000 2,743,000
2008 1,967,000 900,000 2,867,000
2009 2,018,000 1,156,000 3,174,000
2010 (1) 1,957,000 816,000 2,773,000
2011 (2) 2,013,000 1,282,000 3,295,000
2012 (2) 2,093,000 1,530,000 3,623,000
2013 (2) 2,172,000 1,683,000 3,855,000

Source: Ministry of National Economy and General Directorate for Civil Status

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The table refers to the population estimated or registered in the Sultanate as of the mid of each given year.

1- Population recorded at each census date in 1993; 2003 and 2010
2- Population registered in the National Registration System, a civil register recording all Omani and expatriate residents
The civil registration is based on the civil status system and is maintained by the General Directorate of Civil Status, a part of the Royal Oman Police.
Since 2004, registration of all vital events taking place in the Sultanate (births, death, marriages and divorces) in the civil register is mandatory for Omanis and residents of the Sultanate.
DGCS also issues and keeps records of identity cards for Omanis and residence cards to foreign residents.
3- Population estimated by projection based on partial statistical operations and on population censuses (1993 and 2003).
Projections were prepared by the use of the” Component Method” which takes into consideration all the components of demographic growth (births, deaths, migrants’ entries and exits)

2. Institution which provides data

National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI)

3. Data availability

The National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI) processes and disseminates all statistical data of use to the public and to government action.
The present data is published in 2014′ Statistical Yearbook, available online on NSCI’s website. Each thematic section is presented in PDF format.
The “population” section is available at:
http://www.ncsi.gov.om/NCSI_website/book/SYB2014/2-Population.pdf

Date of access: October 2014.

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