Update as of September 10: Population in Qatar towards the end of August has hit a total of 2,562,000, with an increase of 4.5% from last July, and 4.7% from the same period last year. (Source)
And during the last week of April, we have posted an article exposing 10 cool & must-know facts about Qatar's multicultural population which many of you guys loved!
Qatar is without question one of the most culturally-diverse nations in the world. It may not be the biggest in terms of area size and population, but every day, its expatriate population is rising as job seekers from all across the globe are considering Qatar an ideal place to establish a name for themselves in the corporate world.
Just this afternoon, on the occasion of World Population Day, Qatar National Library (QNL) in cooperation with the MDPS held an open discussion on population growth in Qatar and its impact on various aspects and viable solutions to its ensuing challenges.
The open event was well-attended by media people and professionals who engaged in an in-depth discussion on a wide-range of topics all targeting one common issue: the 'imbalance' in the population structure of the country which we will be talking more about in a separate post.
For the meantime, here are 10 UPDATED statistical figures—as presented by the MDPS and QNL—on Qatar's sharply rising population count:
Qatar's Human Development Rate (HDR) is still in all-time high with the standard of living of individuals residing in the country rising at a rapid rate, with health, education, and other modern services being made available to every citizen.
Qataris are still a minority in their own country, with the expatriate workforce community catalyzing the progress that Qatar has been witnessing in various fields.
Because of Number 2, the State of Qatar has created the 'Permanent Population Committee' whose prime mission is to prepare a population policy aiming at fixing the "imbalance" in the population structure of the country.
Size, age, and gender are still the top three indicators in studying the demographic situation in Qatar—and any country.
Qatar's population has doubled in size in the past five decades by about 25 times; from 111,000 in 1970 to 2,731,910 by May 31, 2018.
There are about 2,034,011 males and 697, 899 females living currently in Qatar—making the Human Sex Ratio in the country reach an all-time high by May 31, 2018. The required population sex ratio (number of males for every 100 females) of any country is between 100% to 105% in average, but the gender ratio in Qatar has spiked to 291%. It is more than three times higher than that of Qatari citizens.
Despite the continuous population increase over the past decades, the figures of Qatar's Population Growth Rate (PGR) show clear fluctuation. Our PGR was at its highest during 2008 and has observed a sudden decrease this year and in 2017—the same year when the blockade happened.
Just like most GCC countries, Qatar's working age group (15-64) has displayed the biggest numbers, making up 85% of the entire population. It is a very high percentage compared to that of the Qatari nationals that is not more than 58.7%.
According to the latest official census information issued by the MDPS, the Age Dependency Ratio—the percentage of population under the age of 15 and above the age of 65 compared to the percentage of the working age population (15-64)—in Qatar reached 15% in April 2018, making it one of the lowest ratios worldwide. One of the main reasons being blamed for the drop is once again, the influx of large numbers of expatriate workers who are mostly inside the 15-64 age group.
Despite the fact that Qatar is one of the countries with the lowest crime rates in the world, recent statistics show that the number of lawsuits examined by State courts (such as cases of bounced cheques, traffic violations, theft, fraud, cybercrimes, liquor, gambling, etc) have increased from 39, 810 in 2014 to 49,201 in 2017.
What are your thoughts on these latest developments regarding Qatar's ever-growing population count? And do you think you think there really is an ongoing "imbalance" demographically? Drop us a line in the comments below and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!
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