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This is an inter-disciplinary one-day workshop convened by Dr Hein de Haas (IMI, QEH), Dr Hélène Thiollet (DPIR/Scs Po), and Dr Leïla Vignal (MEC/Oriental Studies)

Recent empirical evidence seems to challenge the common idea that GCC countries represent an 'exception' with respect to migration issues. This also raises the question of whether the ongoing social process of migrant settlement will gradually force GCC states to adapt their policies to these new realities on the ground. The workshop will challenge the 'exceptionalism' of the Gulf, on the basis of new theoretical and analytical approaches in both migration studies and in Gulf studies research.