Journal article

Domestic labor in the Gulf countries

Y Jarallah

Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies | Published : 2009

Abstract

This article looks at domestic labor migration to the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.1 It reflects a feminization of the occupation and the domination of Asian migrant women in this sector. The article argues that despite the high demand for Asian domestic workers and the increasing dependence on them in the Gulf countries for many years, they are still perceived as 'others', excluded from labor laws and thus rendered more susceptible to exploitation and various abuses. Efforts made by both the sending (Asia) and receiving countries (Gulf countries) towards adopting national laws and policies that protect domestic Asian migrant's rights are reviewed. The article will end by giving..

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