Easing Labor Market Restrictions in the Gulf

Labor markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council states are notoriously rigid: in their protection of nationals in public sector employment, in the preferential treatment of nationals in ownership structures of private firms, and in the tight regulation of foreign workers’ mobility.

Easing Labor Market Restrictions in the Gulf
Laborers head back to their housing at the end of their workday, in Doha, Qatar. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

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