The State of Qatar and the Indian Expats

Status of women in Qatar, host of World Cup 2022, by region Qatar’s population of approximately 1,800,000 is overwhelmingly made up of expatriate workers, mainly Indian. Citizenship Citizenship is a state-related issue in the…

The State of Qatar and the Indian Expats

Status of women in Qatar, host of World Cup 2022, by region

Qatar’s population of approximately 1,800,000 is overwhelmingly made up of expatriate workers, mainly Indian.

Citizenship

Citizenship is a state-related issue in the State of Qatar. The State of Qatar is one of the ten countries of the Middle East that are non-OIC states.

The State of Qatar is a member of the Arab League and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is a non-OIC nation entitled to recognition under the Olympic Charter.

Non-citizens

Citizenship is a state-related issue in the State of Qatar. The State of Qatar is one of the ten countries of the Middle East that are non-OIC states.

There are estimated to be 3,300,000 Indians (and some Pakistanis) in Qatar, who were given special status in the country as well as a number of Indian expatriates. In particular, Indian nationals on a working permit for non-domicile status are often employed in Qatar to fulfill contractual obligations. This is in spite of the fact that Indian nationals in Qatar are not allowed to hold any official position and thus cannot be employed by the country.

The country has also seen a strong influx of Pakistani and Bangladeshi workers in the late 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century who were granted a work permit from the State-owned Qatar Airways to work in the country. Some of them were the main contractors of several large residential and commercial developments in Qatar, especially in the capital Doha and in the neighbouring State of Sharjah.

The Indian expatriates have been a source of friction between the local population and the State of Qatar, particularly in Doha as many of them are seen as being wealthy as most of the Qataris live below the poverty line. The local population have accused Qatari officials of being involved in smuggling of Indian workers to the country.

In 2011, it was reported that the State of Qatar recruited several Indian nationals to help run its domestic airline, Qatari Airlines. The State of Qatar, however, denied that it was involved in recruiting these workers.

The Indian nationals on a working permit for non-domicile

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