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AuthorEwers, Michael
AuthorDiop, Abdoulaye
AuthorDuma, Nathan
AuthorLe, Kien
Available date2023-10-03T08:49:01Z
Publication Date2023
Publication NameComparative Migration Studies
ResourceScopus
ISSN2214594X
URIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40878-023-00344-1
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/48236
AbstractThis paper examines migrant workers' subjective views of their rights and wellbeing in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar. Since the announcement of the World Cup, Qatar has been roundly criticized for the living and working conditions of the low-wage migrant workers responsible for building the country's social and economic infrastructure. These critiques, however, either emphasize individual migrant experiences of mistreatment or the kafala migration regime that regulates migration and employment. Few quantitative and representative studies ask migrants how they understand and experience their rights and wellbeing, or how these views have changed as the country has embarked on key labor law reforms in response to international pressure. Therefore, we present results from a large-scale, nationally representative survey of low-wage migrant workers conducted in labor accommodations over four years, supplemented by a separate phone survey. The analysis emphasizes the views of migrants-including satisfaction with rights, awareness of rights, fulfillment of contracts, and quality of life-which are critical to successful policy implementation. We examine the objective factors that best explain these views and study the interaction between subjective and objective wellbeing dimensions. The results inform scholarly understandings of the living and working conditions of migrants and provide essential context for questions surrounding migrant rights and global justice in temporary labor migration regimes.
SponsorThis publication was made possible by NPRP Grant # NPRP11S-1205-170065 from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of the Qatar Foundation). The findings achieved herein are solely the responsibility of the authors. Funding was used to develop one of the surveys on which this project is based.
Languageen
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
SubjectGulf Arab states
Human rights
Migrant workers
Qatar
Temporary labor migration programs
Worker welfare
TitleBeyond vulnerability: contextualizing migrant worker views on rights and wellbeing in the Gulf Arab states
TypeArticle
Issue Number1
Volume Number11


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