More than 170,000 people, most of them freshly-recruited workers, have entered the country this year, taking the population to an all-time high of 2.21 million.
The population continues to swell apparently unplanned, putting pressure on public services, housing and resources such as food. Some three-fourths of the population comprised men, their number being over 1.65 million. Women totaled 561,780.
In a month on average, some 17,000 people, including tourists and businessmen, arrived in the country, figures suggest. Official statistics put the exact number of people in the country as on October 31 at 2,216,500.
As is the practice of calculating the population, the total excluded nationals and expatriates with valid residency permits (RPs) who were out of the country at the time, that is, as on October 31.
The country’s population, according to the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, was much less, at slightly more than two million (2,045,239 to be exact) as on December 31, 2013. This means that the population grew exactly by 171,261, or eight percent, in the past 10 months.
The year-on-year population growth worked out to even more—191,793—as the population figure as on October 31, 2013 was 2,024,707.
In a month since last September more than 29,000 people have entered the country as the population by September 30 was 2,187,326, or more than 2.18 million.
Qatar’s population has nearly trebled in the last 10 years. In 2004, it was merely 744,000. Of this, roughly 496,300 were men and 247,600 were women.
This means that the male-female ratio being 2:1 was not so much lop-sided as it is today.
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