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A new era for labour migration in the GCC?
A new era for labour migration in the GCC?

Author(s): Philip L. Martin, Froilan T. Malit
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Economy, Labor relations, Economic policy, Higher Education , Sociology of the arts, business, education, Migration Studies, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Socio-Economic Research
Published by: Transnational Press London
Keywords: Gulf Cooperation Council; labour migration; development; skilled workers;

Summary/Abstract: The six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), are among the most dependent on foreign workers to fill private-sector jobs. A combination of lower oil prices and rapid native labour force growth has given new impetus to efforts to diversify GCC economies away from oil and encourage natives to fill private sector jobs. This article summarizes the current status of foreigners and foreign workers in GCC countries and considers several scenarios, including maintaining the status quo, improving protections for foreign workers in countries of destination (CODs) and countries of origin (COOs), and changing the current migration system to employ fewer and more skilled workers.

  • Issue Year: 14/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 113-126
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English