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Termin: 30.06.2021 Uhrzeit: 10:00 - 12:00

Permanently temporary: The paradox structuring immigrants’ lives in the Gulf-States

Referent/in: Shaharin Elham Annisa

Guest Lecture: Permanently temporary: The paradox structuring immigrants’ lives in the Gulf-States

The Gulf-States in the middle east have been a hotspot for South-East Asian migrants in the last 4 decades. The 1970s oil boom brought along a heavy re-structing of the Gulf-State’s socio-economic state. Infrastructural boom was amongst the many targets of the time. With this came an increasing demand for foreign labour termed as temporary work force. The call for both high skilled and low skilled labour was strongest in the South-East Asian countries like Bangladeshi, India and Pakistan. Laws and policies were tailored for this purpose. Four decades later, the temporary migration in still in flux leading to the accumulation of workforce within certain urban areas with respective ethnicity. Human right as well as housing provision is questionable for the group of low skilled workers labour.

The lecture will unpack the theories of migration from its emergence up until the current decade, looking at both classical laws of migration and also diving into the discourse of trans-local and transnationalism and what it entails for the world we live in today. Furthermore, a brief history of urbanization of the Sultanate of Oman (taken as a case study) and the Gulf States will follow, giving an outlook on the unique land and housing policies that developed over the last four decades in the country. Moving on to looking at various case studies in order to unpack the social and spatial effects of foreign work force, with a special focus on low-skilled immigrants from Bangladesh. Ending with discussion questions such as: What social and spatial patterns can be unveiled from the example? Can a multi-stakeholder model shed a different light to look at the current lack of housing provision for low-skilled immigrant workers? 

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Makeshift mosque at a labor cam in Gulf-States. 2018
Foto: Shaharin Annisa
About lecturer
Shaharin Elham Annisa is an academic researcher and tutor at the Department of International Urbanism at University of Stuttgart and the coordinator for the international master’s program – Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable Design (IUSD). She was born in Bangladesh but grew up in Oman, completing her bachelor’s degree at the German University of Technology (GUtech) in Oman, studying Urban Planning and Architectural Design (UPAD). She worked as an architect in private firms in Muscat.

She finished her master’s degree in University of Stuttgart in the program Integrated Urbanism and Sustainable design (IUSD) research on Understanding the spatial effects of migration and livelihood of Bangladeshi migrants in Oman. She is part of the EZBET project based in Cairo working on the development of informal settlements as a researcher. She is one of the co-founders of MCTspaceLab, a platform aiming at enhancing and developing existing neighbourhood through vibrant public spaces. Currently, on the side, she is pursuing her PhD looking at trans-local migration in Sub-Saharan Africa, taking informal settlements in Lusaka (Zambia) as a case study.

Her core research focus lies on informality, migration, participatory planning, ethnographic research, and social and spatial appropriation of indoor and outdoor spaces among others. Her other interests lie within earthen-construction and passive house strategies. 


Meeting-ID: 934 4898 2609
Kenncode: 486521

Raum: digital : Zoom-Meeting
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