Gulf Labour Markets and Migration Newsletter

November 2014
Gulf Labour Markets and Migration (GLMM) Programme
The Gulf Labour Markets and Migration (GLMM) programme is an international independent, non-partisan, non-profit joint programme of a major Gulf think tank, the Gulf Research Center (GRC – Jeddah, Geneva, Cambridge, Tokyo) and a globally renowned academic migration centre, the Migration Policy Centre (MPC – Florence). The GLMM programme provides data, analyses, and recommendations contributing to the understanding and management of Gulf labour markets and migration, engaging with and respecting the viewpoints of all stakeholders.

Developments
The GLMM started in March 2013 and the initial priority was the collection, analyses and re-publication of national data and legislation of the six GCC countries together with the production of explanatory notes that capture the main aspects of labour markets and migration in the individual GCC countries. At present, for Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, this work has been completed, while the work for Bahrain is expected to be completed by early December 2014, for Oman by mid-January 2015 and the UAE by late February 2015. Since September 2014, GLMM is turning more fully to its core activity: research. It is developing regional research projects (i.e., projects that deal with all six GCC countries) on Fertility; Perceptions of non-nationals and vice-versa; Irregular migration; and Gender and migration. Furthermore, GLMM is developing projects for different forms of training (e.g., a workshop on data pooling and harmonisation; and a summer school on Gulf labour markets and foreign workers).
Demographic-Economic Data
GLMM collects demographic and economic data necessary for research on Gulf labour markets and migration. All data used by GLMM are published by government ministries and agencies of the Gulf, their metadata is analysed, and the links to the official source provided. This is a sample of data recently published by GLMM:
All data can be searched, printed, downloaded in PDF and, after registration, also in Excel.
 
Click here to access all demographic-economic data
Legal Documents
GLMM collects legal documents necessary for research on Gulf labour markets and migration. All documents used by GLMM are published by government ministries and agencies of the Gulf, they are analysed and contextualised, and the links to the official source are provided. This is a sample of documents recently published by GLMM:
All documents can be searched, printed, downloaded in PDF.
 
Click here to access all legal documents
Publications
GLMM publishes different forms of papers, including concise notes and research papers. The most recent publications include:

Demography, Migration, and Labour Market in Qatar by Françoise De Bel Air
  • Recent Amnesty Programmes for Irregular Migrants in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia by Nasra Shah
  • Ethnography, Anthropology and Migration to the Arabian Peninsula by Andrew Gardner
  • Current Developments in the Nationalization Programs in Saudi Arabia by Hend Al-Sheikh
  • Socio-political Background and Stakes of the Nitaqat Policy in Saudi Arabia by Françoise de Bel-Air
  • Motivating GCC Migrants to Save by Ganesh Seshan
  • Bahrain’s Legal Profile of Migration by Maysa Zahra
  • Bahrain: A Demographic-Economic Profile of Labour and Migration by Françoise de Bel-Air
Click here to access all publications
Events
GLMM organised a panel on “Arab Gulf Labour Markets and Migration: Challenges, Data, Policies” at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA) - Washington, D.C., 22-25 November 2014 with 4 original research papers. For more information, please click here.
GLMM organised a workshop on “Determinants of Future Migration to the Gulf” at the 5th annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) - Cambridge, 25-28 August 2014 with 15 original research papers. For more information, please click here.
Labour & Migration in Gulf News
GLMM provides a daily news service listing articles published in the English-language Gulf press that deal with labour markets and migration issues. The articles are selected by specialised personnel which uses an extensive list of keywords to browse approximately 30 media sources. Click here to access the service.
Notes
  • This Newsletter is published occcasionally.
  • For further information, please write to: info.glmm@grc.net.
  • GLMM receives support from the International Migration Initiative (IMI) of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and relies on the institutional resources of the GLMM.
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