Migrant workers in the Gulf: A Historical Perspective



Dr Adam Hanieh, lecturer in the Department of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and author of recent 'Capitalism and Class in the Gulf Arab States' soon to be published by Palgrave Macmillan discusses the historical aspects of the plight of foreign migrant labour in the Arabian Gulf. 


This is an incredibly interesting interview that sheds light on the abuse of migrant workers within the GCC. This issue remains still much of a taboo but it requires an urgent and constructive response as the existing sponsorship system no longer complies with the humane conditions of life in 21st century. This situation has to change and the inherent racism in the Gulf region has to be eradicated. Encouraging government policies that strengthen the human rights provisions are much needed here.


I have come across this video on a website of an extremely interesting NGO Migrant Rights. I recommend you give it a shot and visit their website I would love to see more projects like that one in the Gulf region.

1 comment:

  1. A really interesting insight.....I grew up as an expat in Qatar and the UAE and it really is disgusting how little rights migrant workers have....it is great that this issue is getting more attention, this insight has helped in my preparation for my dissertation...thank you very much for all your help!

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