woensdag 15 juni 2011

Marginalizing or Blending of Transnational Workers: Case of the Kingdom of Bahrain (article)

"This paper adopts a comparative case study of three Asian communities numerous in the Kingdom of Bahrain, namely Filipino, Indian and Pakistani. People from these communities migrate to work in a variety of jobs with skill levels ranging from professionals to unskilled labors. Our paper assesses how each of these communities transports their cultures to the Kingdom of Bahrain. It has been observed that these communities are clustered in certain geographical areas, in which they set up their respective cultural foundations to sustain their cultural identity in this foreign land. Taking into account that these communities cluster in their own groups; our paper assesses through a survey of thirty respondents from each community how this phenomenon contributes to their partial, and in some cases complete, isolation from the
local community of the Kingdom of Bahrain. In addition we analyze whether this action (of each
of the three Asian communities) is their own choice or an effect of policies and regulations imposed by the community of the Kingdom of Bahrain. With little or no social protection at all, people within each of the three communities form networks of reliance upon their countrymen to face emerging problems. With a high rate of observed and reported worker abuse, protective actions are sometimes taken by their respective embassies. Transnational work is a must for economical development of a country such as the Kingdom of Bahrain. Our case study is an illustration of overall trends observed also in other GCC countries."

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