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Saudi Arabia: Number of residency permits issued by year (1984-2017)

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Number of residency permits issued
1984 802,859
1985 563,747
1986 591,261
1987 641,169
1988 615,552
1989 705,679
1990 750,412
1991 919,879
1992 1,062,305
1993 1,095,450
1994 767,243
1995 619,178
1996 962,235
1997 962,235
1998 876,276
1999 661,527
2000 765,903
2001 810,920
2002 1,016,151
2003 1,029,573
2004 879,261
2005 650,764
2006 1,084,646
2007 1,423,861
2008 1,641,096
2009 n.a.
2010 1,639,591
2011 1,411,688
2012 1,922,012
2013 1,839,861
2014 1,962,443
2015 2,212,635
2016 1,823,332
2017 1,842,824

Sources: General Directorate of Passports, Ministry of Interior.

1. Data collection methodology

The Ministry of Interior issues the residency permit, for workers and for family dependents.

2. Institution which provides data 

CDSI/ General Authority for Statistics (GAStat)

3. Data availability 

(a) Published in the CDSI/GAStat Statistical Yearbooks, in Chapter “Social services” until 2016 and in section “Population and Demography” in 2017
Statistical Yearbooks are available online at:

https://www.stats.gov.sa/en/930

Date of access: October 2018.

 

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