Report: Qatar sees six-fold increase in crime in past decade; rising expat population cited

Crime is the focus of the first in a five-part series we are producing this week based on data from the 2011 Sustainable Development Indicators report. The report was released earlier this month by the Qatar Statistics Authority and contains various social, economic and environmental indicators. We’ll bring you some of the most interesting findings.

The number of documented crimes in Qatar has sky-rocketed in the past decade, according to a new report by the Qatar Statistics Authority

The crime rate jumped from 320 crimes per 100,000 people in 2001 to 2,355 crimes in 2010, the 2011 Sustainable Development Indicators report states.

That said, Qatar still enjoys one of the world’s lowest crime rates.

The report attributes the rise in crime to the rising expat population:

It is difficult to explain the increase in crime rate in Qatar as domestic reasons discharged by the Qatari society, which until recently, enjoying a high level of social security and rareness of crimes.

The real and more rational explanation for the increase of crime rates in Qatar is attributed the great openness witnessed by the State, which was accompanied by arrival of numerous number of people from all over the world, in addition to the development occurred to the techniques followed by criminals, which are extrinsic crimes and deeds, that were not common or known previously by the Qatari society.

It adds that crime is expected to continue to rise in Qatar in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup, as the country imports even more people to support its mega projects.

Read the crime report here:

Thoughts?

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