Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, and Population (GLMM) Programme

An international independent, non-partisan, non-profit joint programme of a major Gulf think tank and a globally renowned academic migration centre.
The programme provides data, analyses, and recommendations contributing to the improvement of understanding and management of
Gulf labour migration, population, and labour markets, engaging with and respecting the viewpoints of all stakeholder.


The Gulf Labour Markets, Migration and Population (GLMM) programme organizes round table expert meetings (using the Chatham House Rules) and public conferences, preferably with partners based in the Gulf. The GLMM organizes also panels and workshops in major international academic meetings.


GLMM Workshop on “Strengthening Migration Data to Maximise Development in the Gulf and in the Countries of Origin” is directed by Prof. Nasra M. Shah and Dr. Françoise De Bel-Air. Twenty original papers will be presented and discussed. The workshop is part of the Tenth Annual Gulf Research Meeting (GRM) which takes place in Cambridge from 15 till 18 July 2019 and is organised by the Gulf Research Center Cambridge (GRCC). For a full description of the workshop, please click here.


Gulf Research Meeting (GRM)

GLMM organizes workshops in the Gulf Research Meeting which is an annual meeting organized by the Gulf Research Center in Cambridge (UK) and has become the most important global meeting where original papers are presented on all major aspects of the Gulf.

2018: “The Future of Population and Migration in the Gulf” (18 papers)

2017: “Migration Policies in the Gulf: Continuity and Change” (15 papers)

2016: “The Economics of Migration to the Gulf: Perspectives from Countries of Origin and Destination” (15 papers)

2015: “The Role of Legislation, Policies, and Practices in Irregular Migration to the Gulf” (19 papers)

2014: “Determinants of Future Migration in the Gulf” (15 papers)

2012: “Migration in the Gulf” (12 papers)

2011: “Social Impacts of GCC Migration” (9 papers)

2010: “The Impact of Migration on Gulf Development and Stability” (13 papers)

2010: “Population, Labor Markets And National Identity” (12 papers)

Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)

GLMM organizes panels in the Annual Meeting Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA).

2014: “Arab Gulf Labour Markets and Migration: Challenges, Data, Policies” (4 papers)

2013: “Arab Gulf Migration: Practices, Data and Policies” (4 papers)

2012: “Migration and (Non-)Citizenship in Arab Gulf States: Policies, Practices, and Negotiation” (4 papers)

2011: “Gulf Migration: Assessing the Impact of Policies” (5 papers)

Round Table

On 9 and 10 March 2014 in Doha, the GLMM organized an invitation-only roundtable discussion on “Labour Migration in the Arab Gulf Countries: Issues, Data, Documents and Research” together with Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI) and Gulf Studies Program (GSP). The meeting was attended by governmental and academic experts from all six GCC countries and from elsewhere. For more information please click here.