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The International Problem of Migrant Labor in the Middle East

Pardis Mahdavi, PhD

The Gulf states are heavily reliant on migrant labor but offer few citizenship rights and protections to migrants. Migrant workers compose 80 percent of the population in Dubai and 75 percent of the population in Kuwait. This lecture addresses national and transnational policies and their impact on the lives of stateless migrants. An increase in the number of female migrants who are returned to their states of origin but whose children are left behind has produced a growing class of stateless migrants.

Instructor: Pardis Mahdavi is Associate Professor, Chair of Anthropology, and Director of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College. Her research includes gendered labor, migration, sexuality, human rights, and public health in the context of changing global and political structure. Mahdavi’s books have ranged from Iran's sexual revolution to trafficking. Her latest book is Crossing the Gulf: Love and Family in Migrant Lives. She has consulted for a wide array of organizations, including the U.S. government and the United Nations.

Coordinator: Candace Gietzen

Course Number: OSHR-70063   Credit: 0 units

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05/15/2017 In-class 123381 $0.00  

Day and Time: Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla