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Qatar: Some estimates of foreign residents in Qatar by country of citizenship (selected countries, c. 2015-2016)

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Country of citizenship Estimates (total population) Date of reference
India 650,000 Dec 2016
Nepal >350,000 Jan 2017
Bangladesh 280,000 May 2016
Philippines 260,000 Jan 2017
Egypt 200,000 Feb 2015
Sri Lanka 145,256 Dec 2016
Pakistan 125,000 Oct 2016
Syria 54,000 Nov 2015
Sudan 50,000 Apr 2015
Indonesia 43,000 Sep 2016
Jordan 40,000 Dec 2014
Iran 30,000 Dec 2013
UK 25,000 Apr 2015
Lebanon 24,000 Jan 2017
Ethiopia 22,000 Jun 2015
Tunisia 20,000 Jan 2016
Palestine 20,000 May 2016
Kenya 14,000 Aug 2016
USA* >11,000 Mar 2015
China >10,000 Jan 2016
Eritrea 10,000 Aug 2016
Canada 9,000 Feb 2017
Iraq 8,976 Dec 2014
Turkey 8,000 Oct 2016
Nigeria 7,500 Oct 2016
South Africa 6,000 May 2016
Australia 5,500 Nov. 2016
Algeria 5,000 March 2016
France 5,000 Apr 2016
Ghana 5,000 Jan 2015
Malaysia 4,848 Feb 2016
Thailand 4,500 Mar 2016
Afghanistan 3,500 – 4,000 Nov 2012
Spain 3,500 Jan 2017
Uganda 3,000 Nov 2016
Romania 2,500 Apr 2015
Greece 2,200 May 2016
Italy 2,100 Nov 2016
Germany 2,000 Jan 2017
Ireland 2,000 May 2015
Russia 2,000 Mar 2016
South Korea 2,000 Dec 2015
Vietnam 2,000 Feb 2016
Serbia 2,000 Feb 2017
Portugal 1,500 Mar 2016
Brazil 1,500 Jul 2016
Netherlands 1,432 Mar 2016
Albania 1,200 Jan 2017
Macedonia 1,000 Dec 2013
Ukraine 1,000 Nov 2016
New Zealand 989 Feb 2017
Japan 944 Jan 2017
Denmark 900 Feb 2017
Poland 700 – 800 Feb 2017
Belgium 600 Jan 2017
Cuba 600 May 2016
Sweden 527 Feb 2017
Bulgaria 500 Jan 2017
Croatia 500 Nov 2016
Austria 500 Nov 2016
Argentina 400 Jan 2017
Mexico 400 Oct 2015
Venezuela 337 Dec 2014
Kyrgyzstan 330 Feb 2017
Hungary 300 Jan 2017
Singapore 300 Dec 2014
Switzerland 250 Dec 2014
Senegal a few hundreds Mar 2016
Belarus 200 Jan 2017
Finland 200 Jan 2017
Kazakhstan 200 Aug 2015
Colombia 200 Feb 2017
Norway 160 2015
Moldova 154 Jan 2017
Gambia 135 Dec 2013
Azerbaijan 120 Dec 2014
Ecuador 100 Dec 2014
El Salvador 100 Dec 2014
Slovakia 100 Jan. 2017
Czech Republic 100 Feb 2017
Benin 82 Dec. 2014
Dominican Republic 44 Dec 2014
Liberia 40 Dec 2013
Brunei 20 Dec 2013
Latvia 10 Jan 2017
Liechentstein 1 Jan 2015

Source: SNOJ, J. Population of Qatar by nationality – 2017 report, Priya DSouza Consultancy, February 2017.
http://priyadsouza.com/population-of-qatar-by-nationality-in-2017/

*Military personnel only. Data for overall US population in Qatar not available.

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The nationality breakdown of Qatar’s population (Qataris/ non-Qataris), and the breakdown of the foreign population by country of citizenship
is concealed by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS), in charge of gathering and disseminating statistical data on the country.
However, since 2013-2014, Doha-based journalist and consultant Jure Snoj has been collecting and compiling figures of foreign residents in Qatar
from several sources (embassies, press quotes of Qatari officials’ interviews, etc.).
The first publication of these data in BQ magazine (http://www.bq-magazine.com/economy/2013/12/population-qatar-nationality) was consistent
with a 2013 publication of governmental figures on selected nationalities:
(English: http://www.arabianbusiness.com/qatar-s-population-exceeds-2m-521314.html;
Arabic: Al-Raya newspaper http://www.raya.com/news/locals, October 1, 2013, p. 20).

Latest release of data (2017 Report), under the umbrella of Priya DSouza Consultancy firm displays figures for 87 nationalities.
The author states the origin of data as follows in the 2017 report:
“The majority of figures shown in the table below have been sourced from foreign embassies in Qatar. While they are mostly estimates, in many cases
the embassies have been clear the data was given to them by Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, meaning that data was exact at the day of issuing
the report. In several additional cases the Government of Qatar has made data for specific nationalities publicly available.
These occasions happened when a high-ranking official was interviewed by the media, as well as a few instances of the figures appearing on official
Qatari Governmental websites.”
(http://priyadsouza.com/population-of-qatar-by-nationality-in-2017/).

2. Institution which provides data

Priya DSouza Consultancy

3. Data availability

The data is taken from:
SNOJ, J. Population of Qatar by nationality – 2017 report, Priya DSouza Consultancy, February 2017.
http://priyadsouza.com/population-of-qatar-by-nationality-in-2017/

Last date of access: June 2017.

 

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