How does labour migration feature in international diplomacy, and how does it affect relations between sending and host states of the Middle East? Gerasimos Tsourapas (University of Birmingham) explores the use of inter-Arab migration as an instrument of state coercion in the post-“Arab Spring” era. He highlights the role of labour migration in shaping Jordanian-Egyptian and Libyan-Egyptian relations in 2012-13, focusing on how Jordan and Libya used their position as destinations of Egyptian labour in order to gain concessions from the Egyptian government. Using both qualitative and quantitative data, Dr. Tsourapas sheds light on the unexplored aspects of the international relations of labour migration, arguing that it constitutes a powerful, uniquely-political tool of interstate bargaining.
15 Jul 2017
Sijal Institute for Arabic Language and Culture, Jordan