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Expat Workforce Set to Double Bahrain’s Population

Manama, Bahrain : 10 June 2010

The population of Bahrain will grow to twice its size by 2030, according to a report by research house, Euromonitor.

The study, ‘Bahrain in 2030: The Future Demographic’ estimates that the country’s residents will increase, over the next twenty years, by 102 per cent, rising to a total population of 2.6 million people.

Immigration is given as a key reason for this huge increase, particularly that of the Asian people who work in Bahrain, which is now estimated to have overtaken the local population for the first time.  This gap is expected to continue to grow.

Bahrain has recently tightening entry requirements to the country, in order to implement its policy of ‘Bahrainisation’ and to encourage employment of Bahraini nationals.

Despite the Kingdom’s best efforts though, it is still thought that foreign workers make up two thirds of the current work force.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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