The crisis in the job market in the Gulf countries, especially in Saudi Arabia, should be viewed against the predicament in the capitalist economy globally, said V.M. Satheesh, senior journalist of Indian-origin in the Gulf. “The urgency to launch the naturalisation programme in Saudi Arabia can be expected to be replicated in other Gulf countries in the coming days,” said Mr. Satheesh.
He was speaking at a seminar organised by the Centre for West Asian Studies under the School of International Studies and Politics at Mahatma Gandhi University on the challenges faced by expats in the Gulf countries here on Wednesday. Mr Satheesh said the naturalisation process, which has gathered momentum in the gulf countries, was one of the major challenges faced by expats of Indian origin.
The current push for the naturalisation process should be viewed against the Jasmine Revolution that swept the Arab nations.
“The revolutions had their roots in the acute unemployment in some of these economies. The resultant insecurity that spread among the educated youth is strongly felt especially in economies like Bahrain and Oman, once the power houses of the Gulf.”
To douse the embers of disaffection, the governments in those countries launched a multi-pronged strategy, which included welfare measures like unemployment pension, hike in minimum wages. Naturalisation was already in their agenda, he said.
“The urgency to launch the naturalisation programme in Saudi Arabia can be expected to be replicated in other Gulf countries in the coming days,” said Mr Satheesh.