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Permits issued by type (residence/ work) (Saudi Arabia, 1984-2011)

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 Residence Permits (a)  Labour permits
Workers Accompanying Person  TOTAL  
1984 757,858 45,001 802,859
1985 527,290 36,457 563,747
1986 542,005 49,256 591,261
1987 563,712 77,457 641,169
1988 555,581 59,971 615,552
1989 n.a. n.a. 705,679
1990 651,566 98,846 750,412
1991 867,778 52,101 919,879
1992 1,006,639 55,666 1,062,305
1993 1,042,240 53,210 1,095,450
1994 759,602 7,641 767,243
1995 602,606 16,572 619,178
1996 897,915 64,320 962,235
1997 897,915 64,320 962,235
1998 826,010 50,266 876,276
1999 627,056 34,471 661,527
2000 729,900 36,003 765,903 2,439,672
2001 771,101 39,819 810,920 2,369,611
2002 984,775 31,376 1,016,151 2,663,666
2003 923,012 106,561 1,029,573 2,563,800
2004 849,960 29,301 879,261 2,716,573
2005 647,589 3,175 650,764 2,359,301
2006 849,658 234,988 1,084,646 2,541,083
2007 1,162,806 261,055 1,423,861 2,963,039
2008 1,365,937 275,159 1,641,096 3,598,317
2009 n.a. n.a. n.a. 3,222,809
2010 1,402,558 237,033 1,639,591 3,345,630
2011 n.a. n.a. 1,411,688 4,088,093

Sources: (a) General Directorate of Passports, Ministry of Interior; (b) Ministry of Labour

 

1. Data collection methodology

 

The issuance of the residency and work permits begins with filing an application with the Ministry of Labor.

After its approval, the Ministry of Labor forwards the application to the Ministry of Interior for the issuance of the residency permit.

 

2. Institution which provides data

 

(a) Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI), Ministry and Economy and Planning

(b) Ministry of Labour

 

3. Data availability

 

(a) Published in the CDSI’ Statistical Yearbooks, in Chapter “Social services”

Statistical Yearbooks until 2010′ are available online at: https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/46

2011′ Yearbook is available at: https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/46

Date of access: November 2013.

 

(b) Published in Ministry of Labour’s Statistical Yearbooks

MoL Yearbooks are available online at http://portal.mol.gov.sa/ar/Statistics/Pages/default.aspx (2004-2012, with labour permits figures since 2000)

Date of access: December 2013.

 

 

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