Asian Migrant Workers in the Arab Gulf States

The Growing Foreign Population and Their Lives


Asian Migrant Workers in the Arab Gulf States (edited by Masako Ishii, Naomi Hosoda, Masaki Matsuo and Koji Horinuki) examines how nationals and migrants construct new relationships in the segregated socioeconomic spaces of the region (namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates).

Instead of assuming that segregation is disadvantageous for migrant workers, it emphasizes multiple aspects and presents various voices. In this way, the book tries to unfold the region’s segregated socioeconomic space, as well as its new forms of networking and connectedness, in order to understand how the various peoples coexist: a situation that often entails conflict and discrepancies between expectations and reality.

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Masako Ishii, Ph.D. (2000), is Professor at the College of Intercultural Communication, Rikkyo University (Tokyo, Japan). Her main research interest is Area Studies on Muslim society in the Philippines focusing on gender, migration and peace process.

Naomi Hosoda, Ph.D. (2007), is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University (Japan). She published several articles on Filipino migrants’ identity and communities in Arab Gulf states and edited Wangan arabu shokoku no imin rodosha: ‘Ta-gaikokujin kokka’ no shutsugen to seikatsu jittai, the Japanese edition of Asian Migrant Workers in the Arab Gulf States.

Masaki Matsuo, Ph.D. (2003), is Associate Professor at the School of International Studies, Utsunomiya University (Japan). He has studied the political economy of the Middle East, focusing on the relation between the re-distribution of oil wealth and the authoritarian regimes. He uses both qualitative field research and quantitative statistical analysis. His publications include "Authoritarianism and Labor Market: Preference of Labor Policies in the Arab Gulf Countries", IDE Discussion Paper No. 514 (2015).

Koji Horinuki, Ph.D. (2011), is a Senior Researcher at JIME Center, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). His main research interests are contemporary Gulf politics, security, and social affairs. His works in English include: “Japan in the Gulf: Between Intra-Bureaucratic Politics and Inter-Asian Rivalry,” in The Emerging Middle East-East Asia Nexus, (coauthor with Namie Tsujigami, 2015).
 Notes on Editors

 Introduction: Socioeconomic Spaces and Migrants’ Lives in the Arab Gulf States
  Masaki Matsuo, Naomi Hosoda, Koji Horinuki and Masako Ishii

Part 1: Migration Policy and the Relationship between Nationals and Migrant Workers

 1 International Labor Migration and the Arab Gulf States: Trends, Institutions, and Relations
  Koji Horinuki

 2 Political Economy of the Labor Market in the Arab Gulf States
  Masaki Matsuo

 Excursus 1: What Are the Arab Gulf States?
  Masaki Matsuo and Koji Horinuki

 Excursus 2: Economic Development in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Doha
  Sadashi Fukuda

 3 Gender and “Tradition”: Power Negotiation between Employers and Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia
  Namie Tsujigami

 4 In/Dependence of the Local and Dependence of the Foreign: The UAE Family, Domestic Service, and a Precarious Future
  Rima Sabban

 5 Enhancing Resilience: The Roles of Pre-departure Programs for the Migrant Domestic Workers toward Arab Gulf States
  Akiko Watanabe

Part 2: Lives, Community, and Networks among Asian Migrant Workers

 6 Formal and Informal Protection for Domestic Workers: A Case of Filipinas
  Masako Ishii

 7 Survival Strategies and Migrant Communities in the Arab Gulf States: A Case of Filipino Workers in the UAE
  Naomi Hosoda

 8 Does Religious Conversion Transcend the Boundaries of Multiple Hierarchies? Filipino Migrant Workers Embracing Islam in the UAE and Qatar
  Akiko Watanabe

 9 Transnational Community Networks of Goan Migrant Workers
  Kyoko Matsukawa

 Excursus 3: Recruitment of Bangladeshi Migrants in the Arab Gulf States: A Typology of Work Visas
  Md Mizanur Rahman

 Excursus 4: An Indian Expatriate’s Perspective about the UAE
  N. Janardhan

 Excursus 5: Education, Career, and the Future of Middle-Class Asian Children
  Kyoko Matsukawa and Naomi Hosoda

This work is a textbook styled book relevant not only for scholars and academicians, but also for a wider audience, including government officials, policy makers, and NGO activists.
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