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dc.contributor.authorDE BEL-AIR, Françoise
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-27T09:55:24Z
dc.date.available2015-02-27T09:55:24Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/34857
dc.descriptionGLMM - Gulf Labour Markets and Migration
dc.description.abstractThe paper addresses the historical and institutional background of labour management policies in Saudi Arabia. It envisages it as a long-term, structural impediment to the successful and rapid implementation of Saudization (localisation) of the labour force in the Kingdom. The paper thus emphasises the socio-political stakes and challenges to localisation of the labour force and, more generally, economic and labour reform in the Gulf States. Since the onset of the Arab uprisings, however, unemployment among Saudis, and especially women, has become a burning political issue. Governmental actors had no choice but to attempt to regain control over the economy and the management of the labour market. In September 2011, in spite of a spurt in foreign labour recruitment since the mid-2000s, a voluntary policy called “Nitaqat” aiming to “Saudize” the Kingdom’s workforce was enacted. This paper reviews its characteristics and points to its all-encompassing design as it addresses the socio-political context of Saudization and therefore is more likely to have a lasting effect than previous workforce localisation initiatives.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe GLMM programme is conducted by the Gulf Research Centre (GRC) and the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) and financed by the Open Society Foundations (OSF).
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGLMM
dc.relation.ispartofseriesExplanatory note
dc.relation.ispartofseries3/2015
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMigration Policy Centre
dc.relation.urihttp://gulfmigration.eu/
dc.relation.uriwww.migrationpolicycentre.eu
dc.relation.urihttp://www.grc.net/
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessen
dc.subjectSaudi Arabia
dc.subjectForeign population
dc.subjectNational population
dc.subjectNational and foreign labour
dc.subjectPolicy
dc.subjectUnemployment
dc.subjectStatistics
dc.subjectSaudization
dc.subjectIrregular migration
dc.subjectAmnesty
dc.subjectDeportation
dc.subjectCitizenship
dc.titleThe socio-political background and stakes of ‘Saudizing’ the workforce in Saudi Arabia : the Nitaqat policy
dc.typeTechnical Report
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