Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC: Summary Report

CIRS Summary Report No. 12

34 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2016 Last revised: 3 Oct 2016

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Zahra Babar

Georgetown University

Natasha Ridge

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research

Soha Shami

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research

Susan Kippels

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research

Abbie Taylor

Georgetown University

Nada Soudy

Carnegie Mellon University - Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar

Susan Martin

Georgetown University - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)

Manal A Jamal

James Madison University

Michael Newson

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Dax Roque

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Harry Cook

International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

Françoise De Bel-Air

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre

Garret Maher

Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST)

Mahfoud Amara

Qatar University

George Naufal

Texas A&M University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Ismail H. Genc

American University of Sharjah, School of Business Administration, Department of Economics

Carlos Vargas-Silva

University of Oxford

Abdullah Alajmi

Arab Open University, Kuwait

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Increasingly, over the past few decades, the cross-border mobility of people and international migration has become a central and dynamic hallmark of human existence. While migration is by no means a recent phenomenon, present-day migratory experiences are increasingly informed by national and international policy settings, and by the needs of the global labor market. In contemporary times, the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have emerged as the third largest hub of international labor migration. In recent years, migration to the GCC has attracted increasing journalistic attention, and a growing body of scholarship from academics. What has gone almost completely unnoticed, however, is the regional, intra-Arab aspect of the phenomenon. Migration into the Gulf region from other Arab countries by far outdates more recent, and comparatively more temporary, migratory patterns from South Asia and Western Europe. Not only are Arab migratory patterns into the GCC comparatively and qualitatively different from other similar patterns, the historical setting within which they have unfolded, the processes through which they have taken place, and their economic, sociological, and political consequences have all been different. This book examines the dynamics involved in the emergence of Arab migrant communities in the Gulf region, focusing specifically on how they came about, their overall sociological compositions and economic profiles, and the causes, processes, and consequences of their interactions with, and integration within, the host countries.

Keywords: Migration, Arab Migrants in the Gulf, Qatar, Gulf Cooperation Council, Transnational Migrants, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Yemen,

Suggested Citation

Babar, Zahra and Ridge, Natasha and Shami, Soha and Kippels, Susan and Taylor, Abbie and Soudy, Nada and Martin, Susan and Jamal, Manal A and Newson, Michael and Roque, Dax and Cook, Harry and De Bel-Air, Françoise and Maher, Garret and Amara, Mahfoud and Naufal, George Sami and Genc, Ismail H. and Vargas-Silva, Carlos and Alajmi, Abdullah, Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC: Summary Report (2015). CIRS Summary Report No. 12, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2840380 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2840380

Zahra Babar (Contact Author)

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Natasha Ridge

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research ( email )

RAK Gas Building, Level 4
P.O. Box 12050
Ras Al Khaimah
United Arab Emirates

Soha Shami

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research ( email )

RAK Gas Building, Level 4
P.O. Box 12050
Ras Al Khaimah
United Arab Emirates

Susan Kippels

Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research ( email )

RAK Gas Building, Level 4
P.O. Box 12050
Ras Al Khaimah
United Arab Emirates

Abbie Taylor

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Nada Soudy

Carnegie Mellon University - Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
United States

Susan Martin

Georgetown University - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Manal A Jamal

James Madison University ( email )

Harrisonburg, VA 22807
United States

Michael Newson

International Organisation for Migration (IOM) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Dax Roque

International Organization for Migration (IOM) ( email )

17, Route des Morillons
Geneva 19, 1211
Switzerland

Harry Cook

International Organisation for Migration (IOM) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Françoise De Bel-Air

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre ( email )

Villa Malafrasca
Via Boccaccio 151
Florence, I-50133
Italy

Garret Maher

Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) ( email )

Masjid Al Aqsa Street
Mubarak Al-Abdullah
Kuwait

Mahfoud Amara

Qatar University ( email )

College of Law
Qatar University
Doha, 2713
Qatar

George Sami Naufal

Texas A&M University ( email )

Public Policy Research Institute
4476 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Ismail H. Genc

American University of Sharjah, School of Business Administration, Department of Economics ( email )

Sharjah, Sharjah 26666
United Arab Emirates
+971-6-515-2327 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://www2.aus.edu/facultybios/profile.php?faculty=igenc

Carlos Vargas-Silva

University of Oxford ( email )

58 Banbury Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6QS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.carlosvargassilva.com

Abdullah Alajmi

Arab Open University, Kuwait ( email )

P.O.Box 830
Al - Ardia, 92400
Kuwait

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