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Large majorities of populations in some Persian Gulf nations are Foreign-born persons

SHAFAQNA- Large majorities of populations in some Persian Gulf nations were born in other countries. Most foreign-born persons living in Persian Gulf nations are labor migrants and live in the region temporarily.

According to the United Nations Population Division, an international migrant is someone who has been living for one year or longer in a country other than the one in which he or she was born. This means that many foreign workers and international students are counted as migrants. Additionally, the United Nations considers refugees and, in some cases, their descendants, pewglobal mentioned.

The share of foreign-born people has changed over time in many nations, just as it has in the US, several European countries, as well as other immigrant destinations (Canada and Australia, for example) and it has seen steady increases in recent decades. But some nations have seen their immigrant shares drop. In several Central and Eastern European countries – such as Latvia and Estonia – more people are leaving than entering, and remaining immigrants are getting older and dying, all leading to a decreasing share of foreign-born people.

In several immigrant destination countries, larger shares of public want fewer or no immigrants to move to their country, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in the spring of 2018. However, support for taking in high-skilled immigrants and refugees fleeing war remains high in some destination countries.

Worldwide, most people do not move across international borders.

In all, only 3.4% of the world’s population lives in a country they were not born in, according to data from the UN. This share has ticked up over time, but marginally so: In 1990, 2.9% of the world’s population did not live in their country of birth, pewresearch reported.

By the end of 2015, the Middle East was home to about 23 million displaced migrants – or about four-in-ten of all displaced people worldwide,

In 2017, large majorities of populations in some Persian Gulf nations, such as the United Arab Emirates (88%), Kuwait (76%) and Bahrain (48%) were born in other countries. Most foreign-born persons living in Persian Gulf nations are labor migrants and live in the region temporarily.

Population strategy envisions in making the Emiratis the majority community

Which country has the most immigrants per head of its population? It is UAE, according to an analysis by Britain’s Daily Telegraph. The paper analysed UN figures to calculate this.

According to an estimate by the World Bank, the UAE’s population in 2018 stands at 9.543 million.

South Asians, which include people from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other South Asian nations, compose 59.48% of the population. The rest of population comprises of Egyptians at 4.23% and others at 17.94%. The UAE government’s population strategy envisions in making the Emiratis the majority community or at least bringing the numbers up to 40% by the year 2021.

Almost 3.5 million of migrants in the UAE are from India, 935,000 from Egypt, and 906,000 from Pakistan.

All top five destination countries in Persian Gulf such as UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman have seen a decline in new workers coming from India last year. UAE was the top destination for Indian workers who emigrated to the Persian Gulf countries last year, accounting for about 110,000 of the total workers, followed by Saudi Arabia (about 68,000), Kuwait (about 59,000) and Oman (about 39,000), arabianbusiness told.

Kuwait considers its high level of non-nationals a problem

Expatriates account for about 70% of Kuwait’s population, including 1.1 million Arab expatriates and 1.4 million Asian expatriates.

Kuwait considers its high level of non-nationals a problem and has announced plans to reduce this number. Meanwhile, the presence of the Bidoon, a stateless people numbering over 100,000, is also viewed as an issue, worldpopulationreview mentioned. This group is classified as illegal residents who are attempting to claim Kuwait citizenship. It’s believed these people are Arabs who migrated from Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iraq and these other states do not consider them nationals, either.

Bahrain: the number of foreign residents is continuing to grow

Bahrain’s population was 1.5 million at the end of 2017, according to the Central Information Organization (CIO). This number is made up of 677,000 Bahrainis, or 45 percent of the population, and 823,000 foreigners, fanack reported. The data shows that the number of foreign residents is continuing to grow.

In 2017 alone, more than 64,000 foreigners arrived in the country, an increase of 8.4 per cent, compared to only 12,000 Bahrainis, an increase of 1.8 per cent.

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