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Omanisation leads to further drop in expat numbers

Expat population in Oman is at its lowest since 2015 as government seeks to boost employment for nationals

Omanisation leads to further drop in expat numbers

Expats in Oman now make up 43.7 percent (2,040,274) of the country’s total population, marking the lowest percentage since July 2015, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information.

In February 2018, the number stood at 45.1 percent, having decreased from 45.9 percent in 2017. In the same period in 2016, expats accounted for 45.1 percent of Oman’s total population.

Indian nationals account for 36.9 percent of expat workers in Oman, followed by Bangladeshi nationals at 36.8 percent. The number of Indians, Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals in Oman dropped by 4.1 percent, 4.8 percent and 7.3 percent respectively compared to the same period in 2018.

However, expats continue to rate the sultanate as a good place to work in the Quality of Life Ranking in the Expat Insider 2018 survey.

It was ranked third across the GCC after the UAE and Bahrain, with Saudi Arabian and Kuwait trailing behind.

Oman’s Labour Law requires companies to employ Omanis to the maximum possible extent, prohibiting them from employing expats unless they have obtained a permit from the Ministry of Manpower to prove that they have employed enough nationals in compliance with Omanisation.