Understanding Labour Migration Policies in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

  • Zahra R. Babar


In light of mounting international criticism over the living and working conditions for many migrant workers in the region, over the past few years, many of the Gulf Cooperation Council governments have initiated reforms in relation to their mechanisms for governing regional migration. Critical interventions have been initiated to address problems that have arisen as a result of the kafala or worker sponsorship system, as well as to mitigate shortfalls within regional labour law. This chapter will examine the evolution of Gulf labour migration policies, contentious areas which have come under criticism by proponents of migrant workers’ rights, and current reforms that are underway.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zahra R. Babar
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  1. 1.Centre for International and Regional Studies (CIRS)Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in QatarAr-RayyanQatar

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