1st Edition

Indian Migration to the Gulf Issues, Perspectives and Opportunities

Edited By Anisur Rahman, Sameer Babu M, Ansari PA Copyright 2023
    270 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    270 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book explores issues of rights, issues, and challenges faced by Indian migrant workers in the GCC countries. It focuses on the struggle of migrants in the state of origin and destination states and how the process of migration shapes the identity and existence of migrant workers. The essays in the volume focus on policy, rights, issues, and challenges faced by migrants as well as the long-term challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    With contributions from academics and policymakers, this book will be of interest to scholars and researchers of migration and diaspora studies, public policy, and South Asian Studies.

    PART I: Sociocultural Appraisal of Gulf Migration

    1. Indian Diaspora in the Gulf: Impact and Advantages

    Javed Charan

    2. COVID-19 and its Impact on Gulf Returnees: A Study of Kerala, India

    Ansari PA, Sameer Babu M, and Anisur Rahman

    3.  Nature, Process, and Consequences of Migration:  A Case Study of Migration from India to the Gulf

    Mohammed Taukeer

    4.  Emigration and Changing Lifestyles among Skilled Indian Professionals in the Gulf Region: A Sociocultural Perspective

    Ani Merly Paul and Lekshmi S Kaimal

    5. Expatriate Organizations and Social Capital: The Case of Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre

    Muhammed Shabeer T


    PART II: Economic Implications of Gulf Migration

    6. India-GCC Countries Connection: Trends, Prospective, and Opportunities

    Bhupesh Gopal Chintamani

    7. Gulf Migration, Remittances and Development: The Indian Experience

    Waseem Ahmad  and Anisur Rahman

    8. Family Tax, Indian Expatriates and the Saudi Economy

    Muhammad Azhar

    9. Are Remittance Inflows Good for Economic Growth? Evidence from India to the Gulf Using the Linear ARDL Approach

    Shahid Bashir and Mohsin Majeed

    10. The COVID-19 Crisis and Migration: Impact on the Kerala Economy

    Muhammed Fazal


    PART III: Gulf Migration: The Regional Perspective

    11. Migration from Punjab to the Gulf Countries: Punjabi Migrants and Social Change in Left-Behind Families

    Atinder Pal Kaur

    12. Mobility on the Margins: The Experience of Migration and Development in Kerala, India

    K Jafar

    13. Culture as a Determinant of Goan Migration to the Gulf

    Sonal Thakker

    14. Migration from Manipur's Pangal Community to the Gulf Countries: A Case Study

    Md. Chingiz Khan

    15. Migration in Kerala: Prospects and Challenges with Special Reference to Return Migration

    Baby Kizhakkekalam and Jyothi KK


    PART IV: Gulf Migration: Gender and Literature

    16. Indian Female Migrant Workers and Human Rights Violations in the Gulf: A Case Study of Kuwait

    Naziya Naweed

    17. Studies on Indian Migration to the Gulf Countries: A Review of Current Indian Literature

    K Deepa

    18. Indian ‘Guest Workers’ in the Gulf: Discussing Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People

    Nitesh Narnolia and Mousam



    Anisur Rahman is presently heading the UGC Human Resource Development Centre of Jamia Millia Islamia Central University, New Delhi, India. He is a professor of Gulf Studies and has contributed rigorously to Migration and Development especially that of Gulf Migration.

    Sameer Babu M is an Associate Professor at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, India, in the Department of Adult and Continuing Education and Extension. He has been awarded the esteemed Shastri Mobility Grant to Canada. He focuses on migrant issues and education, as well as MOOC development, classroom psychology, tool development, and innovative pedagogy in higher education.

    Ansari PA is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India. He had completed his PhD in Human Rights from Aligarh Muslim University on the issues and challenges of migrant workers. He is currently working as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Policy and Governance (JPG), based in Quebec, Canada.