Sub-Sahara Africa – Arab States Labour Migration Corridor: Exploitation Crisis and Emerging Trends of Protection for Migrant Workers

Authors

  • Eddy Akpomera Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences University of Benin, Benin City

Keywords:

Migrant Workers, Exploitation, Kafala, Labour, Agreements

Abstract

The sub-Sahara Africa – Arab States labour migration corridor has witnessed huge traffic from African migrant-sending countries in view of the restrictions on Africa – Europe corridor. The labour migration situation in the Arab States or Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries has attracted the attention of African governments in order to promote the inflow of remittances to boost economic development. Therefore, this paper examined the international migration governance contradictions arising from Arab States labour laws, the practice of sponsorship of low–skilled workers, and lack of access to justice, which promote pervasive exploitation and physical abuse of African migrant workers. The few initiatives of sub-Sahara African major migrant-sending countries to protect their citizens in the Arab States were examined, with Nigeria having no such protective measures in place. It was recommended that new efforts should be put in place to develop more bilateral labour agreements, and there was the need for an inter-regional collaboration platform by the African Union and the GCC for partnerships for the protection of migrant workers from sub-Sahara Africa.

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Published

2022-06-02

How to Cite

Akpomera, E. (2022). Sub-Sahara Africa – Arab States Labour Migration Corridor: Exploitation Crisis and Emerging Trends of Protection for Migrant Workers. Ife Social Sciences Review, 30(1), 51–59. Retrieved from https://issr.oauife.edu.ng/index.php/issr/article/view/165