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For first time in five years, Qatar’s population levels off in April

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After seeing an influx of more than 100,000 people into Qatar during the first few months of this year, population growth in the country appears to have leveled off in April, according to new government figures.

At the end of last month, Qatar’s population stood at 2,342,725 – nearly 4,000 fewer people than were here in March 2015, the state’s Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics reported.

Though the dip is small, it reflects the first time in five years that the population has not increased between the months of March and April.

Since the beginning of 2015, Qatar’s population has grown by some 118,142 people.

However, the 5.31 percent increase from January to the end of April reflected a slower growth rate than was observed at the same time last year. At that time, the population grew 6.88 percent, or by 138,870 more people.

Besides last month, the last time Qatar saw population figures drop was between December 2014 and January this year, when there were nearly 11,000 fewer people here, likely due to the winter holidays.

Trends

For the last four years, population figures have typically risen during the first six months of the year.

The last time there was a drop in numbers between March and April was in 2010, when the number of people in the country fell by about 7,000 people to 1.67 million.

While MDPS does not give any official explanations contextualizing the statistics, the latest numbers follow reports that several oil and gas firms have recently instituted hiring freezes or are letting staff go.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Plummeting international oil prices have led many companies to reign in their spending and their head counts.

Billions of dollars worth of mega-projects, including Industries Qatar’s Al Sajeel petrochemical plant and, more recently, the al-Karaana petrochemical facility planned by Qatar Petroleum and Royal Dutch Shell, have been scrapped or postponed.

However, the year-on-year figures show a rise in the state’s population of more than 187,000 people – up 8.69 percent from the end of April 2014 to the end of last month.

Last September, QNB published a report predicting that the state’s population would grow on average by 7.4 percent annually in the coming years, reaching 2.5 million by 2016.

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Ahmed
Ahmed
5 years ago

I miss 2005.

sadam
sadam
5 years ago
Reply to  Ahmed

Good ol Days 🙂 those years were such a wonderful dream.

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  Ahmed

Why, was that the last time you got laid?

desertCard
desertCard
5 years ago
Reply to  Ahmed

So true.

Daniel Schriefer
Daniel Schriefer
5 years ago
Reply to  Ahmed

1989, when I first came here, was as close to paradise as it can get.

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
5 years ago

Probably because people are unhappy with the traffic rules and kafala system

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
5 years ago

You are really “special”.

DarkQTR
DarkQTR
5 years ago
Reply to  Deepak Babu

^ This

Li
Li
5 years ago

Kafala system was there when the population tripled in the past 10 years, did they love it back then? Bro just give us a break from bad analysis of situations, you make a fool of your self specially when your name and pic is beside your comment..

Saeed Ahmad Khan
Saeed Ahmad Khan
5 years ago
Reply to  Li

Troll

Yacine
Yacine
5 years ago

Another useless comment. Please give us a break as he said 🙂

Yacine
Yacine
5 years ago
Reply to  Li

Well said.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
5 years ago
Reply to  Li

Deleting for personal attack, and subsequent thread.

Deepak Babu
Deepak Babu
5 years ago
Reply to  ShabinaKhatri

Fair enough, but censuring sarcasm gets kind of iffy.

Yacine
Yacine
5 years ago

Totally predictable after the unannounced hiring freeze and the standby on multiple projects. I’d consider this a positive development rather than a negative one, even though in economical terms it signals a slow in the growth

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago

The landlords better start knocking down houses so they can keep increasing the rents.

Osama Alassiry AlMaadeed
Reply to  MIMH

LOL

fullmoon07
fullmoon07
5 years ago

I have a question for you: if I am not mistaken weren’t you the one who once posted the link of a very interesting documentary of Qatar in the 60s or 70s maybe where it showed how the Indian workers here in Qatar were living in small houses and how children were going to school together with locals….? am I wrong or do I remember well? Cheers!

Kazmister
Kazmister
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

why sweat over small stuff? when living in qatar gets tough, expats leave in droves, just like back in late 90’s. Then there is new torrent of warm bodies to replenish the fallen who will be paid a better pay to offset increased rent. The local companies and their owners will foot the bill. Of course, there will be casualties!

A_qtr
A_qtr
5 years ago

Look out for my white LC doing donuts on the cornish intersection with my cheetah riding shot gun …

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

You should be picking up passengers and taking them to HIA as your good deed….

fexp
fexp
5 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

I assume your comment is targeted at this kind of audience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvGzJjQgN5k

The Reporter
The Reporter
5 years ago

Hiring freeze, cancelled projects, but surprising if it wasn’t just a blip given the number of infrastructure and WC2022 projects still on the books. However, the worlds economies are heating up and people are starting to leave the Middle East to take jobs back home – in short it’s no longer the last resort for a job it used to be which attracted so many professionals during the financial crisis. The chances of getting a work/life balance are now much higher.

Gracie
Gracie
5 years ago
Reply to  The Reporter

True, Saudi would be a last resort for me.
I do enjoy the warmth and the tax free salary though

robert williams
robert williams
5 years ago

They should keep pretending of being the richest when things are going wrong..

qatari
qatari
5 years ago

thank god . im hoping for more . like at least 50 thousand ,

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

It is very possible but to get a figure like 50 thousand you need to cancel some of the construction projects, you could probably cut the population by up to half a million if Qatar really wanted to but you would have to accept a lower standard of living. Still very high compared to the rest of the world but lower than now.

The landlords would not be very happy though with the situation when rental crashes and most of them are the government, so I can’t see it happening.

qatari
qatari
5 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

it has to happen , every one is suffering , we can mange

MIMH
MIMH
5 years ago
Reply to  qatari

Well the CMC elections are coming up, vote for a candidate that will lobby the government to reduce expat numbers. I’m sure you will get a lot of support from the Qatari community, Qatari business owners would probably not be so keen.

Personally I would support a reduction in numbers as well and the cancellation of a few projects but I am not citizen so I don’t have a voice here.

MarkDoha
MarkDoha
5 years ago

Tip of the iceberg with significant across the board cutbacks in budgets and large numbers of projects postponed or shelved, most of which have not yet filtered through the economy. Cutting people is the easiest, albeit not necessarily the most prudent, way to deliver quick savings.

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