Qatar tops migrant worker numbers

8 July 2013

Foreigners in Qatar account for nearly 87% of its population, the highest citizen-migrant ratio of any country according to figures from the Migration Policy Institute.

United Arab Emirates came second with a citizen-migrant ratio of 70%, followed by Kuwait (69%) and Jordan (46%).

In Qatar 1.3 million people, mostly young men from South and East Asian countries, help meet labour shortages in construction, manufacturing, service and other low-paid jobs.

Female migrant workers are typically employed in the domestic sector as well as in education and health care.

The figures reported in a Data Hub newsletter reveal that although the USA is considered to be the country of immigration, the share of migrants in the population was only about 13% in 2010.

Source: Data Hub

Construction in Doha (Credit: Amjra)

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