DOHA: A quarter of a million foreign workers are expected to arrive afresh in the country this year, while the influx (of foreign workforce) was 200,000 last year, according to Qatar’s Minister for Development Planning and Statistics.
The country’s population was 1.4 million in 2008 and stood at 2.1 million by last year-end,
H E Dr Saleh bin Mohamed Al Nabit told a key UN conference in New York yesterday.
He said the rapid increase in population carried several risks for Qatar as it put immense pressure on basic services, among them schools, hospitals and low-cost housing. The Minister said building affordable housing stock to cope with the growing population was hard.
Al Nabit was speaking at the ministerial meeting of the UN Social and Economic Council on Qatar’s National Plan for Human Resource Development and Population.
The Minister reiterated that by 2030 Qatar will emerge as one of the advanced nations of the world relying on sustainable development.
Al Nabit said that apart from pressure on basic services, rapid population growth was posing problems on the cultural, economic, environmental and law and order fronts.