Gulf Crisis and its Impact on the Indian Labor Market*



Case Code : CLHR014
Publication date : 2009
Subject : Human Resources/ Organization Behavior
Industry : Retail
Length : 04 Pages
Price : Rs. 100

To download this case click on the button below, and select the case from the list of available cases:

» Human Resource Management
Short Case Studies

» Human Resource and
Organization Behavior Case Studies

» ICMR Case Study Collection
» ICMR Courseware
» View Detailed Pricing Info

Key words:

Gulf crisis, Saudisation, immigration, human resource, Reverse migration, economic recession, foreign exchange, Gulf Cooperation Council, expat labor, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai, skilled and unskilled labor, Labor market


* This caselet is intended for use only in class discussions.
** More comprehensive case studies are priced at Rs.200 to Rs.700 (US $5 to US $16) per copy.




ICMR India ICMR India ICMR India ICMR India RSS Feed

The global economic crisis has also affected the opulent and extravagant Gulf countries. Experts correlated the region’s economic crisis to factors such as the explosion of the real estate boom which was basically built on borrowed funds, and to a sharp fall in oil prices. As a result, almost half of the construction projects in Dubai were interrupted. This led to a large number of construction workers from India losing their jobs, and as a result, returning home. Around the same time, a member of the Saudi royal family urged the Arab and Gulf countries to give preference to their own people while providing work. Since the Gulf countries were one of the largest employers of Indians outside India, their attempt to trim the expat population would affect India’s labor market, according to experts.

» Labor market
» Human resource
» Immigration


On February 3, 2009, Prince Turki al-Faisal Bin Abdullah (Abdullah), a member of the Saudi Royal family, said at a human resource conference in Abu Dhabi that the Arab and Gulf countries should employ their citizens rather than people from other countries...

Questions for Discussion:

1. Critically analyze the impact of the reverse migration on the Indian labor market.

2. Discuss the measures the Indian government could take to accommodate the large number of skilled and unskilled workers.

Cases on Related Topic

1. Labor Market Reforms in France and the Job Law 'CPE' - A Lost Opportunity
2. The European Union and Immigration from New Member Countries