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A Portrait of Low-Income Migrants in Contemporary Qatar

A Portrait of Low-Income Migrants in Contemporary Qatar Though transnational labor migration in the Gulf States has increasingly been of scholarly interest, that scholarship has to date relied largely on qualitative ethnographic methodologies or small non-representative sampling strategies. This paper presents the findings of a large representative sample of low-income migrant laborers in Qatar. The data describe the basic characteristics of the low-income migrant population in Qatar, the process by which migrants obtain employment, the frequency with which this population of migrants encounters the problems and challenges described by previous ethnographic work, and the role played by nationality, ethnicity, and religion in patterning that experience. While the findings generally affirm many of the claims made in earlier ethnographic studies, they provide a means by which the extent of these problems and challenges can be ascertained more directly. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Arabian Studies Taylor & Francis

A Portrait of Low-Income Migrants in Contemporary Qatar

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
2153-4780
eISSN
2153-4764
DOI
10.1080/21534764.2013.806076
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Abstract

Though transnational labor migration in the Gulf States has increasingly been of scholarly interest, that scholarship has to date relied largely on qualitative ethnographic methodologies or small non-representative sampling strategies. This paper presents the findings of a large representative sample of low-income migrant laborers in Qatar. The data describe the basic characteristics of the low-income migrant population in Qatar, the process by which migrants obtain employment, the frequency with which this population of migrants encounters the problems and challenges described by previous ethnographic work, and the role played by nationality, ethnicity, and religion in patterning that experience. While the findings generally affirm many of the claims made in earlier ethnographic studies, they provide a means by which the extent of these problems and challenges can be ascertained more directly.

Journal

Journal of Arabian StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jun 1, 2013

Keywords: Qatar; migration; Gulf; Arabian Peninsula; South Asia; transnationalism; survey

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