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Qatar's population climbs 9% to 2.5 million

Gulf state’s population growth rises by 9.2% annually and marks an all-time high for the nation.

Qatar's population climbs 9% to 2.5 million
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Qatar’s population grew another 216,000 people last month, reaching a total of 2,559,267 residents as of April 30, a 9 percent jump from April 2015, according to figures released by the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics (MDPS).

There was a 1.27 percent increase in the population of 32,000 more from the end of March this year, likely due to the late return of residents abroad on spring break, according to Doha News.

Generally, May and November have shown to be the most populated months for Qatar. The number of residents is likely to increase again this month before dropping for the summer, as residents leave for good while others leave for holiday.

The population drop is expected to drop around Eid al-Fitr in early July.

Despite recent reports of numerous job layoffs, some sectors in Qatar are still bringing in people to the country, notably employees in the construction and hospitality sectors, as hotels and projects continue to be developed in preparation for hosting the World Cup in 2022.