Migrant Workers in the Gulf
The oil price explosion of the early 1970s triggered a massive wave of labour migration into the oil-rich states of the Gulf. The migrants came from poorer Arab countries, from Asia and Africa, attracted by wage levels considerably higher than they could earn in their homelands. Some came on short-term contracts, others stayed many years. By the end of the 1980s, there were thought to be over 6 million migrant workers in the region.
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