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Emerging Policies in the Gulf and Its Impact on Asia

  • S. Irudaya RajanEmail author
  • H. Arokkiaraj
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Abstract

Growing socio-political pressure compelled GCC countries to implement nationalisation policy at different points of time to bring down the participation of foreign workforce and to recruit their nationals to address unemployment problem faced by their citizens. This situation has raised serious academic discussion on Gulf nationalisation policy and its impact on foreign workforce flow in past and future. In this context, this chapter comprehensively addressed this point by examining the composition of Gulf labour market, economic diversification plans in this region, need of expatriate workers and major issues in the implementation of nationalisation policy. Associated with labour market, kafala system is also discussed to bring out the vulnerability faced by blue-collar workers due to this practice and the recent reforms incorporated by the Qatar government to abolish this system. Hence, Gulf countries should come forward to make policy measures to replace kafala system so that more flexibility and fair treatment of workers can be exercised.

Keywords

Nationalisation Labour market Gulf Kafala system 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Development StudiesUlloor Medical CollegeThiruvananthapuramIndia
  2. 2.Department of Social WorkUniversity of DelhiNew DelhiIndia

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