Census 2022: One foreigner for every three Maldivians

Migrant workers in Male' City gather at the Republic Square on a day-off. (File Photo/Sun/Mohamed Afrah)

Provisional results of ‘Census 2022’ shows that the Maldivian population comprises one foreigner for every three locals.

The total population of Maldives, as per the provisional results, is 515,122 people of which 382,751 are locals while 132,371 are foreigners. Therefore, approximately 26 percent of the Maldivian population amounts to foreigners with there being one foreigner for every three Maldivians.

Population of Maldives as per provisional results of Census 2022. (Photo/Maldives Bureau of Statistics)

This marks a significant increase in the number of foreigners living in the Maldives. The most recent census conducted before last year placed the foreign population in the Maldives at 63,637.

Forty-one percent of the total population resides in Male’ area while 46 percent reside in atolls. Ten percent of the population resides in resorts. The remaining three percent resides in industrial islands.

Apart from Male’ area, the most densely populated region in the Maldives is Addu City. Five percent of the local population resides in Addu City.

Population of Maldives by location as per provisional results of Census 2022. (Photo/Maldives Bureau of Statistics)

Statistics show that the Maldivian population has been increasing by 1.5 percent annually since 2014.