7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News


MANAMA: Bahrain's expatriate population almost doubled last year thanks to a major influx of manpower, according to figures from the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB). The Economic Indicators report released yesterday showed the country's population reached 1,046,814 last year, 41 per cent up on 2006.

The annual population growth among non-Bahrainis jumped to 82.5pc last year.

The population growth figure amongst Bahrainis also rose dramatically, from 2.3pc in 2006 to 15.3pc last year. Bahrain's population is now estimated at 529,446 Bahrainis and 517,368 expatriates.

This compares to 459,012 Bahrainis and 283,549 expatriates in 2006.

The CBB figures come only weeks after a call went out for Cabinet Affairs Minister Shaikh Ahmed bin Ateyetala, who is also responsible for the Central Informatics Organisation, to be sacked or resign in a row about Bahrain's rocketing population.

He had told parliament on February 6 that the population had crossed the one million mark.

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