More than 65,000 expats left Oman in one year

Muscat: Over 65,000 expatriates have left Oman between May 2018 and May 2019, as the government continues to move forward with its policies of Omanisation.

The overall number of expatriates living in Oman dropped by 65,397 between May 2018 and May 2019, standing at 2,017,432.

Oman’s expatriate workforce has also fallen, from 1,854,880 people in May 2018 to 1,787,447 this year, according to Statistics released by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI).

During the same period, the number of Omanis increased to 2,649,857 from 2,575,132, pointing to a population increase of 74,725 locals.

Oman has announced a visa ban on expat hiring covering 87 jobs on January 28, 2018 for an initial six months.

The ban was then extended in July 2018 and again in February 2019. The Ministry of Manpower had made plans to provide 25,000 jobs to Omani jobseekers and that target was met within the first six months of the ban.

By the end of 2018, Oman’s private sector had provided more than 40,000 jobs to locals with a further 27,000 Omanis hired in the private sector between January and May 2019, according to Times of Oman.

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