August saw over 50,000 foreigners leave Oman as the sultanate continues to implement nationalisation programs in a push to integrate more Omanis into the country's workforce.
According to national daily Time of Oman, citing government data, the expat population in Oman stood at 1,747,844 in August, a decrease of 53,895 from the previous month.
The expat exodus has been so massive that it has resulted in a general 3.88% population dip in the country. Oman went from 4,527,934 citizens to 4,480,333 between August 2019 and 2020.
All governorates in Oman reported a decline in population, but Muscat, the country's capital city, showed the drop at 6.2%.
To strengthen the national foothold within businesses in Oman, the Ministry of Manpower has introduced a visa ban on expat workers in the private sector for specific job roles, approximately 100 job titles, including; sales, marketing, IT, accounting, finance, management roles, human resources, insurance, media, airport relations and engineering.
Oman has also introduced training programs to prepare Omani nationals to take on employment within numerous sectors in a bid to boost Omani workforce skills.
As reported, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have also been actively pushing down the expat numbers in a bid to get more nationals into jobs.