The Laissez-Faire Approach to International Labor Migration: The Case of the Arab Middle East

  title={The Laissez-Faire Approach to International Labor Migration: The Case of the Arab Middle East},
  author={Alan R. Richards and Philip L. Martin},
  journal={Economic Development and Cultural Change},
  pages={455 - 474}
The weaknesses of laissez-faire theories and policies on international labor migration are examined by reviewing contemporary labor migration in the Middle East. Estimates of the number of Arab migrant workers in the Arab region in 1975 are presented and three types of problems that labor migration creates for sending countries are identified: "(1) uncertainty for both economic and political reasons about the continuation or expansion of the current flows; (2) micro effects of remittance… Expand
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