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Some estimates of the non-nationals by country of citizenship (Saudi Arabia, November 3, 2013)

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Estimates of non-national populations in Saudi Arabia, 
 selected nationalities (figures up till November 3, 2013)
Country of citizenship lower est. upper est.
1 India  2,000,000 2,800,000
2 Pakistan 1,500,000
3 Bangladesh  1,500,000
4 Indonesia 1,500,000
5 Egypt  1,000,000 2,000,000
6 Syria 1,000,000
7 Sudan  500,000 900,000
8 Yemen  800,000 1,000,000
9 Philippines  670,000
10 Sri Lanka 550,000
11 Afghanistan 500,000
12 Nepal  500,000
13 Palestine (holders of 500,000 1,000,000
 travel documents)
14 Burma 250,000 600,000
15 Jordan (late 2000s) 250,000 300,000
16 Lebanon (2009, workers only) 160,000
17 Ethiopia >150 000 700,000
18 Somalia-Erythrea ?

Source: Saudi government officials and sending countries’ diplomatic missions

1. Data collection methodology

Figures have been compiled from Saudi press articles (whenever possible).
The figures quoted reflect most recent rough estimates released in press conferences and interviews by Saudi government officials and sending countries’ diplomatic missions.
They reflect the stocks of non-nationals before the completion of the regularisation and crackdowns campaigns targeting foreigners in irregular situation.
Therefore, they are bound to be revised once the campaigns are over.

2. Data availability

1 http://www.indianembassy.org.sa/Content.aspx?ID=790&PID=691
2 http://www.arabnews.com/number-pakistani-expats-exceeds-15-m
3 http://www.arabnews.com/news/451289
4 http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/indonesian-president-coming-jeddah-visit
5 http://www.arabnews.com/news/483296; http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/87637/Business/Economy/Thousands-of-Egyptians-facing-visa-troubles-in-Sau.aspx
6 http://www.arabnews.com/news/470216
7 http://gulfnews.com/news/region/sudan/11-678-sudanese-leave-saudi-arabia-during-amnesty-1.1261853; http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article48701
8 http://www.arabnews.com/news/473621
9 http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130520166522
10 http://www.arabnews.com/news/452033
11 http://www.arabnews.com/news/481321
12 http://www.arabnews.com/news/470136
13 http://www.arabnews.com/news/482836; http://www.arabnews.com/news/485266
14 http://www.arabnews.com/news/459726; http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130411160940
15 http://hdl.handle.net/1814/13447
16 http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=2009051738185
17 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/12/saudis-expel-100000-illegal-ethiopians-201312591727221329.html; http://gulfnews.com/news/region/sudan/11-678-sudanese-leave-saudi-arabia-during-amnesty-1.1261853

Last date of access: January 2014

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