South Asians constitute the largest expatriate population in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Their contribution in the socio-economic, technological and educational development of GCC nations is immense. This book offers one of the first systematic analysis of South Asia–Gulf migration dynamics and its varied impact on countries such as India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It deals with public policy, socio-economic mobility, remittance policy, global financial crisis and labour issues. Bringing together essays from contributors from around the world, the volume reveals not only the multi-dimensionality of the migration process between the two regions, but also the diversity and the underlying unity of the South Asian countries.
This book will be invaluable to scholars and students of migration studies, development studies and sociology as well as policy-makers, administrators, academics, and non-governmental organisations in the field.
Tables. Figures. Boxes. Introduction Prakash C. Jain and Ginu Zacharia Oommen Part I: Comparative and Theoretical Issues 1. South Asian Migration to GCC Countries: Emerging Trends and Challenges Ginu Zacharia Oommen 2. Arab versus Asian Migrant Workers in the GCC Countries Kapiszewski Andrzej 3. Aspects of Indian Migration in the Persian Gulf Region, 1820–1947 Kundan Kumar 4. GCC’s Immigration Policies: Contextualising South Asian Migration Zakir Hussain Part II: Dynamic of Migration 5. Indian Labour Migration to the Gulf Countries Prakash C. Jain 6. Spatial Mobility and the Migratory Strategies of Kerala Immigrants in the UAEPhilippe Venier 7. Revisiting the Saga of Bangladeshi Labour Migration to the Gulf States: Need for New Theoretical and Methodological Approaches Rita Afsar 8. From Rupees to Dirhams: Remittances and Labour Migration from Nepal to the GCC Region Neha Wadhawan Part III: Impact of Migration 9. Bangladeshi Labour Migration to Saudi Arabia Md. Mizanur Rahman 10. Female Labour Migration from Sri Lanka to the Gulf Countries Michele Ruth Gamburd 11. Choosing a Profession in Order to Leave: Migration of Malayali Nurses to the Gulf Countries Marie Percot 12. Migration to the Gulf Region and Socio-economic Mobility in Pakistan G. M. Arif 13. The Financial Crisis in the Gulf and its Impact on South Asian Migrant Workers S. Irudaya Rajan and D. Narayana. About the Editors. Notes on Contributors. Index