Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC

The Arab migrant communities present in the Gulf have been a neglected area and merit further scholarly discussion and focus. In line with this,CIRS launched a multi-disciplinary research initiative entitled "Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC" that explores questions related to the topic.

The Arabian Peninsula exhibits one of the highest ratios of migrants to nationals anywhere in the world. Currently almost half of the regional population is foreign. In several countries such as Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, non-nationals comprise nearly three-quarters of the population. Migration to the region is not a new phenomenon, beginning with the advent of the oil economy in the 1950s, and subsequently increasing exponentially over the decades to match the booming development trajectories of the six GCC states.

Background and Scope of the Project
  • Click here to read about the "Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC" Working Group Meeting I
  • Click here to read about the "Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC" Working Group Meeting II

As part of its Research and Scholarship initiatives, CIRS organizes several ongoing Working Groups that convene in Doha to examine a variety of international issues. The primary purpose of CIRS research initiatives is to fill in existing research gaps, and to contribute towards furthering knowledge on the prevailing issues related to security, economic stability, and the political realm of the region. Each of these projects involves some of the most prominent scholars of the Middle East and the Gulf region. Each scholar participating will be working on a specific sub-topic, under the overarching subject.

Working Group Meetings

In January 2013, CIRS launched a new multidisciplinary research initiative titled “Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC.” Since the bulk of ongoing research efforts are focused on non-Arab migrants, the Arab migrant communities present in the Gulf have been a neglected area that merits further scholarly discussion and focus.

Click here to read more on the edited volume of academic articles that were delivered at the research initiative.
 

Book Publication

This CIRS Summary Report contains synopses of the chapters written for the "Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC" research initiative. This report examines the dynamics involved in the emergence of Arab migrant communities in the Gulf region, focusing specifically on how they came about, their overall sociological compositions and economic profiles, and the causes, processes, and consequences of their interactions with, and integration within, the host countries. 

Publication