Indian expats in Oman down to less than half million

Muscat, Oct 29 (IANS): The number of Indian expats in Oman has plunged to 499,431, due to the governments 'Omanisation' process and the coronavirus pandemic that led to the departure of a large number of Indians, the media reported.

According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information, the Indian expat community in the Sultanate declined by 20 per cent by the end of the third quarter of this year, compared to the same period last year, Gulf News reported on Wednesday.

The Indian community decreased from 542,091 in July to 517,702 in August following government measures to reduce the expatriate population and allow more Omanis to join the job market.

However, they Indians still constitutes the largest expatriate community in the Sultanate.

Foreigners account for more than 40 per cent of Oman's population of 4.6 million.

In the same period under review, the number of Bangladeshi expats also declined 13.9 per cent to 450,471, while Pakistanis were down 15.7 per cent to 176,550, and the number of Filipinos fell 8.2 per cent to 45,038.

Meanwhile, the population of Egyptians in Oman fell 8.2 per cent to 31,511 and Ugandans declined by almost half to 14,099.


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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sat, Oct 31 2020

    WE cannot blame the Government of Oman as they are doing for the future of their citizens of their country. Due to Covid-19 and for other reasons the economy of all countries have gone hay-wize. At one time going to Gulf countries was a have for many Indians and not forgetting others.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sat, Oct 31 2020

    Deshbhakt, Mangalore, I have no words express on your sensible comments. I too worked in Dubai in a reputed company for several years. I was happy with the job there but luckily through God's Grace I had a chance to migrate to USA with my wife, daughter, and son. We are happily retired and are getting all the benefits of our hard work.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Thu, Oct 29 2020

    Naturally. In India too, if a foreign company starts business, a certain percentage staff has to be Indian. Gradually all Indians in thGulf will either return or migrate to Far East or the West because no matter how many years you work there, no citizenship is given except of-course some rich business family members converted, married locals and continued on the strength of in-laws.

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