Qatar: Some estimates of foreign residents in Qatar by country of citizenship (selected countries, c. 2015-2016)
|Country of citizenship||Estimates (total population)||Date of reference|
|Sri Lanka||145,256||Dec 2016|
|South Africa||6,000||May 2016|
|Afghanistan||3,500 – 4,000||Nov 2012|
|South Korea||2,000||Dec 2015|
|New Zealand||989||Feb 2017|
|Poland||700 – 800||Feb 2017|
|Senegal||a few hundreds||Mar 2016|
|El Salvador||100||Dec 2014|
|Czech Republic||100||Feb 2017|
|Dominican Republic||44||Dec 2014|
Source: SNOJ, J. Population of Qatar by nationality – 2017 report, Priya DSouza Consultancy, February 2017.
*Military personnel only. Data for overall US population in Qatar not available.
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:
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.”
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.
Last date of access: June 2017.
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