The Gulf Labour Markets, Migration and Population (GLMM) programme is developing in phases.
- In the preliminary phase (2011-2013), it concentrated on the organization of workshops and panels and laying the institutional and organizational groundwork for the second phase.
- In the second phase (2013-2014), it focuses on data collection, research and publishing on Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia concentrating on the demographic and legal dimensions.
- In the third phase (2014-2015), it expanded its geographical focus to include Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Furthermore, it included in its focus the economic, social and political dimensions of migration. It also included additional types of data and documents to its database. It focused on key transversal themes such as irregular migration, analysing trends and policies of various countries of origin of migrants and all six GCC countries.
- In the fourth phase (2016-2018), it is focusing on the one hand on more in depth analyses using various methodologies (including surveys); as well as demographic studies. It continues to update the database and to provide regional comparative data.