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Qatar: Estimates of foreign nationals residing in Qatar by country of citizenship (selected countries, 2014)

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Country Population % of total population
India 545,000 23.580
Nepal 400,000 17.300
Qatar 278,000 12.030
Philippines 200,000 8.650
Egypt 180,000 7.780
Bangladesh 150,000 6.490
Sri Lanka 100,000 4.330
Pakistan 90,000 3.890
Sudan 42,000 1.820
Jordan 40,000 1.720
Indonesia 39,000 1.680
Iran 30,000 1.300
Lebanon 25,000 1.080
Ethiopia 21,374 0.920
Palestine 20,500 0.890
UK 20,000 0.865
USA 15,000 0.650
Tunisia 15,000 0.650
Kenya 9,300 0.400
Eritrea 9,000 0.390
Morocco 9,000 0.390
Iraq 8,976 0.390
Nigeria 7,502 0.325
Canada 7,250 0.310
China 6,000 0.260
Malaysia 5,000 0.216
Russia 5,000 0.216
South Africa 5,000 0.216
Turkey 5,000 0.216
Australia 4,500 0.195
France 3,607 0.160
Afghanistan 3,500 0.150
Thailand 3,000 0.130
Spain 2,500 0.110
South Korea 2,000 0.086
Germany 1,700 0.070
Greece 1,504 0.065
Netherlands 1,350 0.058
Japan 1,000 0.044
Macedonia 1,000 0.044
Romania 1,000 0.044
Italy 900 0.039
Brazil 800 0.034
Bulgaria 600 0.025
Austria 500 0.021
Belgium 500 0.021
Bosnia and Herzegovina 500 0.021
Croatia 430 0.019
Venezuela 337 0.013
Hungary 300 0.013
Singapore 300 0.012
Switzerland 250 0.010
Senegal 200 0.008
Gambia 135 0.006
Azerbaijan 120 0.005
Ecuador 100 0.005
Kazakhstan 100 0.004
El Salvador 100 0.004
Benin 82 0.004
Finland 80 0.004
Dominican Republic 44 0.002
Liberia 40 0.002
Brunei 20 0.001

Source: Foreign embassies in Qatar and press quotes, in BQ Magazine

ANNEXED NOTE

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The data has been compiled by BQ magazine. The present data was published by BQ on December 7, 2014.

Here are some excerpts of BQ’s article introducing the data and sources:
“The Ministry of Interior also does not provide these statistics to the public, it however does seem to make it available to the Embassies,
as some of them have told bq magazine the figures were given to them by the aforementioned Ministry.
To overcome the hurdle of acquiring this information, bq magazine has used an alternative way to gather information on Qatar´s population by nationality.
All the data comes from the Embassies of respective countries – either by the information given to us directly by them via email or telephone,
or alternatively by gathering the numbers from Ambassadors who have been quoted by various media disclosing the number of their nationals in Qatar.
The vast majority of data is from 2014.”
(…)
“There are a number of nationalities missing, some of which could potentially be present in significant numbers in Qatar.
Those of Syria, Somalia, Algeria and Yemen being some of the likely ones.
The reason for us not publishing the data is because not all Embassies were willing to disclose this information,
simply did not possess the information or in some cases were not possible to get in contact with.” (…)

2. Institution which provides data

BQ Magazine, a monthly business newspaper published in Doha, Qatar http://www.bqdoha.com/

3. Data availability

The data is taken from:
Snoj, Jure. “Population of Qatar by nationality”, BQ Magazine, Doha, December 2014.
http://www.bqdoha.com/2013/12/population-qatar

Date of access: March 2015.

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