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Estimating irregular migration in the Gulf
Paper Proposal Text :
Gulf states is still a strong receiving countries since the 60's as producing oil countries, the demand on labour force was for building the states and now for maintaining and developing the states. Both regular and irregular migration is very much common in gulf states; whereas generally speaking regular migrants constitutes around 70-90% of labour force of the receiving gulf countries as well as constituting a very big portion of the total population where it reaches around 50-60% of the total population or more in some cases. According to more than a source, the estimated irregular migrants constitute about 15% of the labour force as well as about 10% of the total population.
The prevalence of irregular migration is considered high which imposes a very big challenge for receiving countries, migrants themselves as well as the sending countries.
This chapter well tackle this issue from different angles, based on the detention of irregular migration" unauthorized stay due to illegal entrance, overstaying beyond legal reason and time (tourists either for recreational or religious reasons and medical treatment).
This research will explore these factors based on the available data despite the fact of the limited available sources.
Analysis will also include common leading cause of seeking migration according to the pushing factor of the sending countries (high rates of unemployment, poverty, low income countries) as well as looking for investigating whether the migrants themselves can be survival migrant type or opportunity seeking migrant. All these potential causes will be used to estimate the irregular migration in the gulf and to be a tool for the estimation although indirectly.
The research will explore the role of legislation and policies in controlling the issue of irregular migration.
It will conclude and propose remarks for the benefit of all parties (sending countries, receiving and the migrants themselves).
The main challenge of writing the chapter is the availability of the data on this phenomena, and measuring the impact of it on all dimensions. Nevertheless, all estimation techniques and proxy measurement will be used where it is possible based on the available data on the relevant indicators.