Policy Press

The South Asia to Gulf Migration Governance Complex

Edited by Crystal A. Ennis and Nicolas Blarel

Published

May 30, 2022

Page count

236 pages

ISBN

978-1529221497

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 30, 2022

Page count

236 pages

ISBN

978-1529221510

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
The South Asia to Gulf Migration Governance Complex

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The Gulf is a major global destination for migrant workers, with a majority of these workers coming from South Asia. In this book, a team of international contributors examine the often-overlooked complex governance of this migration corridor.

Going beyond state-centric analysis, the contributors present a multi-layered account of the ‘migration governance complex.’ They offer insights not only into the actors involved in the different components of migration governance, but also into the varying ways of interpreting and explaining the meaning and value of these interactions. Together, they enable readers to better understand migration in this important region, while also providing a model for analyzing global migration governance in practice in different parts of the world.

“This is an important collection of studies by experts on the largest migration network in the Global South. Essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary migration between the Gulf and South Asia and its governance.” Omar AlShehabi, University of British Columbia

“A timely publication that significantly enhances understanding of multi-layered and overlapping labour migration governance and the ensuing challenges, especially in the context of South to West Asian corridors.” Ibrahima Amadou Dia, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

“Based on rich empirical insights and innovative theoretical conceptualizations, this book is a quintessential collection of studies to understand the intricacies of inter-regional migration governance and the gendered, informal, multi-level, and contested relationship between policies, processes, and their outcomes.” Daniel Naujoks, Columbia University

Crystal A. Ennis is University Lecturer of Political Economy at the Institute for Area Studies, Leiden University.

Nicolas Blarel is Associate Professor of International Relations at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University.

Part I: Introduction

1. Mapping and Theorizing Migration Governance: Insights From the South-to-West Asian Migration Corridor

Nicolas Blarel and Crystal A. Ennis

Part II: Levels and Forms of Migration Governance

2. Gendered Mobility and Multi-Scalar Governance Models: Exploring the Case of Nurse Migration From India to the Gulf

Margaret Walton-Roberts, S Irudaya Rajan, and Jolin Joseph

3. Understanding Irregularity in Legal Frameworks of National, Bilateral, Regional, and Global Migration Governance: The Nepal to Gulf Migration Corridor

Anurag Devkota

4. State and Non-State Actors in Subnational Migration Governance from Andhra Pradesh and Kerala to the Gulf: A Comparative Study

C.S. Akhil and Aarathi Ganga

Part III: Private Authorities and Transnational Actors

5. Two Bad Places at Once: Pakistani Labour Migrants and the Transnational Recruitment Industry to the Gulf

Zahra Babar

6. “We Sent Our Sons across the Seven Rivers”: Tracing the Migratory Network and the Risky Migration of Bangladeshi Fishermen to Oman

Marie Percot

Part IV: Contestation and Absences in Migration Governance

7. Contested Governance and Sovereignty in the Kerala-Dubai Migration Corridor

Crystal A. Ennis, and Nicolas Blarel

8. Kafala and Social Reproduction: Migration Governance Regimes and Labour Relations in the Gulf

Faisal Hamadah

9. Invisiblized Migration, Unaccounted Work: The Governance of Women’s Migration for Paid Domestic Work From Nepal and Sri Lanka to the Gulf

Neha Wadhawan

Part V: Conclusion

10. Bottom-up Politics of Labour Migration: Perspectives From the South-to-West Asia Corridor for a More Inclusive Governance

M. Stella Morgana