Cross-Border Networks

Labour Migration from Iran to the Arab Countries of the Persian Gulf

in Volume 5 (2010): Issue 1 (Mar 2010): Migration within, from and to the Middle East. Guest Editors: Sabine Strasser and Shahnaz R. Nadjmabadi

This article examines migration between the Iranian coastal regions of the Persian Gulf and the nearby Arab countries. At the centre of the research are questions about cross-border relationships, the construction of transnational spaces in border migration and strategies for maintaining networks in both the home and host countries. The transnational space connecting the Iranian coastal region and the Arab countries resembles other cases of border migration. However, unlike previous studies on border migration, this analysis situates the development of transnational spaces of migrants' lives within the deep-rooted common and historical perspectives in the countries on both sides of the Persian Gulf.