Archive for February 15th, 2016

15/02/2016

Gulf Migration at an Inflexion Point

Human Wrongs Watch

NEW DELHI, 15 February 2016 (IPS) – The steep fall in global oil prices has hit Gulf economies severely. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Bahrain are expected to run huge budget deficits as shrinking revenues from selling cheaper oil cannot fund their mounting expenditures.

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**Photo: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | Author: FritzDaCat | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. | Wikimedia Commons

As they tighten their belts, the brunt of adjustment will be felt by migrants, who constitute the bulk of the labour force. Reforms include cutting fuel, power, water, education subsidies and a value-added tax (VAT). This will affect migrants and reports indicate family members are returning home.

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