The Gulf Labour Markets, Migration and Population(GLMM) programme is an international independent, non-partisan, non-profit joint programme of a major Gulf think tank, Gulf Research Center (GRC – Jeddah, Geneva, Cambridge), and a globally renowned academic migration centre, the Migration Policy Centre (MPC – Florence) . The GLMM programme provides data, analyses, and recommendations contributing to the improvement of understanding and management of Gulf labour markets, migration and population engaging with and respecting the viewpoints of all stakeholders.

Key elements of the GLMM programme are:

  • Taking a comprehensive view, including demographic, economic, legal, social, political, and administrative aspects of labour migration, population and labour markets;
  • Collecting all relevant data and documents, first and foremost those produced in the countries of the GCC and also in the countries of origin;
  • Conducting sound academic research and contributing to the development of the field of inquiry;
  • Presenting policy analyses, representing and respecting all view points;
  • Distributing the results to the widest range of actors in user-friendly formats;
  • Engaging in dialogues with all stakeholders;
  • Providing high quality academic and operational training in order to reinforce the capacities for producing migration-related data and analyses in the GCC;
  • Contributing to the development of a network of researchers in which GCC nationals and nationals from the countries of origin are strongly represented.


By September 2020, the Gulf Labour Markets, Migration and Population will add to its notable strenghts already estabilished, and will be:

  • A programme that continues to be highly valued by its users, including researchers, students, policymakers, advocates, workers, employers, citizens of GCC countries, and expatriates resident in GCC countries;
  • A major component of an intellectually strong, influential and sizeable network of researchers, policymakers and advocates in which GCC nationals and nationals of countries of origin residing in the GCC are well represented;
  • A programme that makes measurable contributions to the improvement of policies, the level of employment of nationals and the working and living situation of foreign workers and their dependents;
  • A programme that has achieved a significant level of organizational and financial consolidation.