Migrant Labour in the Persian Gulf

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Migrant Labour in the Persian Gulf (Hurst, 2012) is an edited volume of academic articles that were delivered at the "Migrant Labor in the Gulf" research initiative that took place over three meetings in Doha on May 16-17, 2009, January 9-19, 2010 and October 10-11, 2010.

"This edited collection is an excellent reader on the sensitive and often thorny issue of labour migration in the Gulf states. To my knowledge no other such collection exists, as most works that have tackled the plight and opportunities of labour migration in the Gulf have either been very narrow, country-specific studies or have been narrow, sector-specific studies. As such the book has great originality and will make an important contribution not only to Gulf studies, but to migration studies in general, and perhaps even scholars of international political economy." — Dr Christopher Davidson, Reader in Middle East Politics at Durham University and author of, inter alia, Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond (2009) and Power and Politics in the Persian Gulf Monarchies (Columbia University Press, 2010).

'A most timely and long overdue publication on one of the most important and unique regions in the world for labour migration, this brilliant collection of well-established local and international scholars analyses legal, economic, political, cultural and human rights issues with critical, rich, visualizable accounts of the migrant presence in the region.' — Ray Jureidini, Institute for Migration Studies, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon.

'A superb sample of the growing literature on the Gulf. The authors bring Gulf migration into focus taking us into the lives of the millions who migrate to the Gulf and revealing the complexity of the processes and contexts of migration. The reader accompanies migrants into the streets and workplaces to feel the resultant shifts in family, community and self.'— Sharon Nagy, Ph.D. Department of Anthropology, DePaul University.