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Migrant transfers in the MENA region: A two way street in which traffic is changing


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  • George Naufal

    (School of Business and Management at The American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.)

  • Carlos Vargas-Silva

    (Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at the University of Oxford, UK.)


While remittances from the GCC countries to Asia slowed down during the crisis, there is no evidence of large decreases. On the other hand, remittances to several MENA countries decreased during 2009, but the evidence for 2010 suggests a reversal of this pattern. Most of the recent labour policies adopted in the region have been directed towards improving the conditions of foreign workers and there is still a considerable demand for foreign labour in the region. As such, the future may bring extra competition between Asian workers and workers from other MENA countries for jobs in the GCC countries.

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Article provided by Transnational Press London, UK in its journal Migration Letters.

Volume (Year): 7 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (October)
Pages: 168-178

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Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:7:y:2010:i:2:p:168-178

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Keywords: Migration; Remittances; Crisis; MENA; GCC.;


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Cited by:
  1. Ibrahim Sirkeci & Jeffrey H. Cohen & Dilip Ratha, 2012. "Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13092, October.


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