Migration as Diplomacy: Labor Migrants, Refugees, and Arab Regional Politics in the Oil-Rich Countries

  title={Migration as Diplomacy: Labor Migrants, Refugees, and Arab Regional Politics in the Oil-Rich Countries},
  author={H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Thiollet},
  journal={International Labor and Working-Class History},
  pages={103 - 121}
  • Hélène Thiollet
  • Published 1 March 2011
  • Sociology
  • International Labor and Working-Class History
Abstract This article explores the political dynamics of labor migration in the Middle East. It seeks to explain the politics of Arab population movements by looking at historical trends in regional integration and contends that migration to the oil-rich countries, including refugee flows, has been the key factor driving Arab integration in the absence of effective institutions and economic integration processes. To account for the influence of this largely forgotten factor, the article looks… Expand
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