Hidden Inequalities of the Expatriate Workforce

  • Maranda Ridgway
Part of the Palgrave Explorations in Workplace Stigma book series (PAEWS)


This chapter explores the challenges faced by organisations trying to maintain host-country compliance while promoting equality of the Expatriate Workforce. While there is a multitude of different types of migrant worker, and each type faces their own ‘hidden’ inequalities within the global workplace, the focus of this chapter is on expatriate workers. As the number of expatriate workers around the world increases, so does the complexity of ‘hidden’ inequalities as the equality and diversity issues in each country are different. Organisations face conflict when trying to maintain equality of opportunity, which is enforced through legislative frameworks in the home country where no such framework exists in the host country. Coupled with contradictory measures such as nationalisation programmes and a duty of care towards individuals whose protected characteristics may be ostracised in certain regions, the need to navigate such murky waters is becoming ever more apparent. This chapter draws on real-life case examples from organisations operating in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a notoriously expatriate-reliant region, as the volume of expatriate workers leads to such issues being exacerbated.


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  • Maranda Ridgway
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  1. 1.Department of Human Resource ManagementNottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

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