The Social and Economic Impact on Sri Lankan Migrant Workers In Qatar During the Blockade Imposed on Qatar (2020)
The Qatar blockade in 2017 was not a sudden bolt from the blue, but rather a political spill-over out of a sizzling pot that was simmering on the stove for many years. When it ultimately smoldered into a total economic and diplomatic blockade on the 5th of June 2017, it left the world at shock, disrupted international geopolitics and caused economic and social implications to Qatar and its residents. Fast forward, two years later, Qatar continues its strategic fight to endure the hurdles from the economic and political boycott by its former allies, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait and Egypt.
Yet, today the blockade is viewed as a ‘blessing in disguise’ that catalyzed Qatar’s growth beyond the Arabian Peninsula. Nevertheless, the economic and social effects may have negative implications on migrant community in Qatar who form 90% of the Qatar’s population. Most migrants are predominantly from South Asian Countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan.
Amongst migrant workers in Qatar, Sri Lankan expatriates comprise 4.35% of the total population and form the fifth largest expatriate community in Qatar. Although, many researches focused on financial and macroeconomic impacts of Qatar blockade, the question whether such a blockade had economic and social impacts on Sri Lankan migrant workers is an untouched matter that warrants attention and requires further analysis.
Therefore, this dissertation aims to analyze the extents to which the blockade may have caused economic and social implications to Sri Lankan migrant workers and their families, while examining whether this blockade which is often claimed to be a blessing in disguise was actually a blessing or a tragedy. The main objective of this study is to examine the extent to which the blockade imposed in 2017 on Qatar by the GCC countries caused economic and social impacts on the Sri Lankan migrant community residing in Qatar.
Ultimately, this study aims to also assess whether the post blockade efforts adopted by Qatar eased rough abrasions from the blockade and mitigated the negative impacts of the blockade. The main question to be answered is was the Qatar blockade for Sri Lankan migrants a blessing in disguise or a curse that doesn’t seem to end.
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Gulf Cooperation Council
Economy of Qatar
the simmering rivalry between Qatar and GCC countries
Foreign Policy of Qatar
Sri Lanka- Qatar bilateral relationship
Limitation and Delimitation
2: Literature Review
Qatar diplomatic crisis
Qatar blockade within the purview of International and Humanitarian Law
Qatar-Sri Lanka relationship and labor migration
The economic and social effect of the blockade on migrants
Was the blockade really a blessing in disguise for migrants? A review of the current situation
3: International Laws and Qatar Blockade
International law of blockade in a contemporary setting
Traditional laws of blockade
Blockade in a contemporary setting
blockade within a Human Rights perspective
Qatar blockade within the purview of International and Humanitarian Laws
International Court of Justice and Qatar blockade
4: Labour Laws In Qatar and Migrant Workers
Labor Laws in Qatar
Labor Reforms post 2017 blockade: a positive outlook for migrant workers
5: The Impact of Blockade on Qatar’s Economy
Economic Impact of the Blockade
Economic and Social impact of blockade on Sri Lankan migrants
How Qatar withstood the blockade: Qatar now in a win-win situation
6: A Blessing in Disguise or A Threat of Devastation A Conclusion
7: Policy Recommendations