Event: Welfare of Low and Semi-skilled Asian Migrant Workers in Qatar and Other Gulf States

International Workshop under the auspices of:

 Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) Qatar University

Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS) Georgetown University

International Development Research Center (IDRC) Asia

December 1-2, 2015

8:30 a.m.  –   3:30 p.m.

Qatar University

Administration Building B1, Conference Room (Day 1)

Library Building, B13, Meeting Room # 346 (Day 2)

For more information:

Welfare of Low and Semi-skilled Asian Migrant Workers

Migration to the oil-rich Gulf States is an aspect of the resource-based growth as well as the accelerating integration of the region into the global economy.  Resource-based growth in a fast globalizing world has  stimulated  an  increase  in  the volume  and  types  of  international  demand for labour from the Gulf.

Migration in GCC-Asia corridor has undergone significant changes since the early 70s. While historically there have always been linkages, especially through trade, between the Gulf States and South and South-East Asia, these linkages have witnessed dramatic changes since the oil boom of 1970s in terms of the increase in the volume, as well as, the shift in the sources of supply of migrant workers from the Arab Middle East to South and South East Asia. Today GCC-South and South-East Asia constitutes one of the major migration corridors in the world.

The Workshop’s main objective is for participants to share insights from their research and learn from each other’s experience concerning the key issues faced by Asian migrant workers in GCC countries, as well as, the conditions in the sending countries that give rise to outmigration. The workshop will facilitate the establishment of a network of scholars of international migration in Asia and the Gulf to advance research on key issues of migration in both the sending and the receiving countries, and to promote regional dialogue among policy makers and scholars in the Gulf States and the major Asian countries of origin.


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