Bahrain Emigration and Immigration

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Bahrain Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

"Emigration" means moving out of a country. "Immigration" means moving into a country.
Emigration and immigration sources list the names of people leaving (emigrating) or arriving (immigrating) in the country. These sources may be passenger lists, permissions to emigrate, or records of passports issued. The information in these records may include the emigrants’ names, ages, occupations, destinations, and places of origin or birthplaces. Sometimes they also show family groups.

Immigration into Bahrain[edit | edit source]

  • Bahrain was one of the earliest areas to be influenced by Islam.
  • Following a period of Arab rule, Bahrain was ruled by the Portuguese Empire from 1521 until 1602.
  • In the late 1800s, following successive treaties with the British, Bahrain became a protectorate of the United Kingdom. In 1971, it declared independence.
  • Most African Bahrainis come from East Africa and have traditionally lived in Muharraq Island and Riffa.
  • Due to an influx of immigrants and guest workers from Asian countries, such as India, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, the overall percentage of Muslims in the country has declined in recent years.[1]
  • There were 197,273 Indian workers and 56,666 dependents as of 2014 and the majority of the public sector. Most of them are either Hindus or Christians hailing from the south Indian state of Kerala, alongside a sizable Sikh and Muslim minority.
  • In 2014 there were 39,765 Pakistani workers in Bahrain and 8,647 dependents, a further 30,000 have been given citizenship. A 2011 estimate states that 10,000 of them serve in security forces.
  • Other immigrant populations are Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Egyptians, Sri Lankans, and British.[2]

Emigration From Bahrain[edit | edit source]

  • In 1948, following rising hostilities and looting, most members of Bahrain's Jewish community abandoned their properties and evacuated to Bombay, later settling in Israel (Pardes Hanna-Karkur) and the United Kingdom.[1]
  • Bahrain has historical diaspora populations in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Khuzestan Province in Iran, Iraq and United States.[3]

Records of Bahrain Emigrants in Their Destination Nations[edit | edit source]

Dark thin font green pin Version 4.png One option is to look for records about the ancestor in the country of destination, the country they immigrated into. See links to Wiki articles about immigration records for major destination countries below. Additional Wiki articles for other destinations can be found at Category:Emigration and Immigration Records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.01.1 "Bahrain", in Wikipedia,, accessed 4 August 2021.
  2. "Ethnic, cultural and religious groups of Bahrain", in Wikipedia,,_cultural_and_religious_groups_of_Bahrain, accessed 4 August 2021.
  3. "Bahraini people", in Wikipedia,, accessed 4 August 2021.