Migration policies and regional cooperation

The changing face of contemporary international migration is prompting governments in South and South-West Asia to develop strategies for migration management and responses to migration that are increasingly holistic, integrated and take into account migration trends in the subregion. International migration in South and South-West Asia is characterized by three major trends: contract labour migration to the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)2, permanent migration to Europe, Australia, North America, and South-East Asia; and cross-border and seasonal migration within the subregion (Khatri 2007).


1 Yuko Hamada, Senior Regional Labour Migration/Migration and Development Specialist, International Organization for Migration

2 The member States of the GCC are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.