Qatar is home to many different nationalities, with Qataris themselves only representing a minority. This extreme demographic shift has been taking place for the last several decades, but has skyrocketed in the last 10 years. The population today consists of people from all over the world, however the largest chunk comes from the Indian subcontinent.
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A few words on the data collected and presented – these figures are not official numbers published by the Qatari Government. In most cases they are estimates and as always, there is room for error. We started our research by contacting Qatar Statistics Authority, as in any country that is the first place to turn to when looking for statistics on demographics. We were however not able to receive it, with QSA stating: “We regret to inform you that the required data is not available.”

With that in mind, we decided to approach it from a different angle – mostly by contacting foreign Embassies stationed in Doha and asking them for their estimates or exact figures, depending on what they had on offer. As can be expected in such an endeavour, not all Embassies could be reached, had data or in a couple of rare cases, were not willing to share that information.
In addition to those sources, an NHRC report which featured in several media outlets was used, as well as two QSA reports, which were used to extrapolate the number of Qatari nationals. All available sources can be found at the end of this article.

There are a few nationalities like Syria, Yemen and Somalia which should be present in substantial numbers, but are not listed in our report. These will be added at a later point in time, if and when the data becomes available.

Fast growth Qatar has one of the fastest population growths in the world. This especially holds true for post 2000 period, with the population quadrupling in the last 13 years.. This astonishing speed can be attributed to a number of infrastructure projects, which  are taking place ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Football.

Sources: 1.) Direct information given to bqdoha.com by embassies (telephone or email): Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Eritrea, France, Gambia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, South Korea, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestine, Romania, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela.
2.) Existing sources published previously in the media: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka and United Kingdom: -http://www.arabianbusiness.com/qatar-s-population-exceeds-2m-521314.html -http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/plus/cover-plus/213479/a-school-for-latecomers -http://www.qatar-tribune.com/viewnews.aspx?n=F0A81218-7D10-4457-A499-52EE8EB51CAC&d=20130705 -http://www.gulf-times.com/qatar/178/details/367441/qatar-indonesia-trade-volume-rose-by-%E2%80%98300%25-over-one-year%E2%80%99 -http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/qatar/255098/qatar-will-host-successful-world-cup-says-uk-envoy
3.) Data on Qatari population extrapolated from two reports: http://www.qsa.gov.qa/eng/publication/Social_publications/Women%20and%20Men%20Report/Woman%20and%20Man%20in%20The%20State%20of%20Qatar%202012.pdf http://www.qsa.gov.qa/eng/publication/annabs/2013/Quarterly%20LFS%20web%20report3ndqtr2013%20.xls

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