Labor Mobility: Enabler for Sustainable Development

Editor/s: Ali Rashid Al-Noaimi, Irena Omelaniuk
1st Edition Year: 2013
Edition: First edition
Language: English
Available Languages: العربية


Labor mobility is particularly significant in the case of the GCC; the region is host to around 15 million expatriate workers who generate US $80 billion in annual remittances each year and support an estimated 150 million dependents in their various home countries. However, little research has been conducted to identify and measure the impacts of this phenomenon on migrants’ host countries or countries of origin. Therefore, with a view to contributing to the active engagement of GCC countries in the global dialogue on migration and development, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) hosted a special conference, Labor Mobility: Enabler for Sustainable Development, in Abu Dhabi on May 14–15, 2013.

The Conference was held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and was jointly organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labor, the ECSSR and the National Qualification Authority. It was convened in association with the GCC Council of Ministers of Labor, the Government of Sweden – current Chair of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) – the International Organization for Migration and the World Bank.

The papers presented at the Conference, compiled in this volume, provide a variety of informed views on labor mobility as an enabler for human, economic and social development. They explore migration policy and governance in the GCC states; the potential for research collaboration between migrant-sending and -receiving countries; the impact of Indian labor migration to the GCC states; the relationship between remittances and economic cycles in home and host countries; and the implications of labor mobility for families and households.



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