By Andy Sambidge
New study says population growth in Gulf state has averaged nearly 12% over last 10 years
Qatar's potential workforce is expected to rise by nearly half a million people by 2030, an increase of 30 percent, a new report by Euromonitor International has said.
Driven by immigration, Qatar’s population grew at an average rate of nearly 12 percent per year in 2000-2010 but the pace will slow dramatically in later years.
The growth is expected to continue as the Gulf state embarks on a number of huge infrastructure projects, such as preparation for the 2022 World Cup and a nationwide railway network.
However, by 2020-2030, the average rate will fall to just 1.2 percent per year, the study added.
In 2030, the population of Qatar will reach 2.4 million, an increase of 32.8 percent from 2010, driven by huge increases in the population aged between 40 and 50 years old which will double in the period under review.
The largest concentration of residents in 2030 will be among those aged between 25-50. This group will account for 56.2 percent of total population in 2030, compared to just 30 percent in 2010, Euromonitor added.
The number of those aged 19-32 years will fall by 148,000 in 2010-2030 (a 21.5 percent drop).
"Demographic changes are being driven by a massive influx of immigrants which began around 2000 but will fall off rapidly in the future," Euromonitor's report added.
The number of residents living in Qatar will first exceed the two million mark in 2016, just 10 years after it passed the benchmark of 1 million.
Between 1980 and 2030, the country’s population will increase more than tenfold, the study revealed.
In 2010, middle agers (40-64 years) represented one in every 4.4 people but by 2030 this group will account for one in every 2.6 people, it added.