Introduction: Migrants in the Middle East and Asia
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The discourse on migration outcomes in the West has largely been dominated by issues of integration. It is more relevant to view immigration in non-Western societies in relation to practices of exclusion and inclusion. Exclusion refers to a situation in which individuals and groups are usually denied access to the goods, services, activities and resources guaranteed by full citizenship. However, the experience of exclusion is not cross-culturally uniform. Inclusion and exclusion may be simultaneous and can be empowering and disempowering. The contributions in this volume go beyond the binary discourse of exclusion versus inclusion by examining the experience of migration in the Arab Gulf states and Asia. They broadly sketch the political and economic context of the receiving societies in the two regions as a prelude to appreciating how migrants respond to their reception and treatment.
KeywordsAsia Arab Gulf states Migrants Foreign labour Inclusion Exclusion
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