Labor Mobility: An Enabler for Sustainable Development

Dr. Ali Rashid Al-Noaimi, Dr. Irena Omelaniuk

Labor mobility is particularly significant in the case of the GCC; the region is host to around 15 million expatriate workers who generate US$80 billion in annual remittances each year and support an estimated 150 million dependents in their various home countries. However, little research has been conducted to identify and measure the impact of this phenomenon on migrants’ host countries or countries of origin. Therefore, with a view to contributing to the active engagement of GCC countries in the global dialogue on migration and development, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) hosted a special conference, Labor Mobility: Enabler for Sustainable Development, in Abu Dhabi from May 14-15, 2013. The papers presented at the conference, compiled in this volume, provide a variety of informed views on labor mobility as an enabler for human, economic, and social development. They explore migration policy and governance in the GCC states; the impact of Indian labor migration on the GCC states; and the implications of labor mobility for families and households.