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Ray Jureidini

Professor, Migration Ethics and Human Rights, Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Ray Jureidini is Professor of Migration Ethics and Human Rights at the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in the College of Islamic Studies at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar (since 2014). From 1975-1986 at the Flinders University of South Australia, he received his BA in Psychology and Sociology, First Class Honours in Sociology and PhD in Economic Sociology. After teaching Sociology in several universities in Australia, he spent 6 years at the American University of Beirut from 1999 where he began researching and publishing on human rights issues concerning migrant domestic workers and conducted the first survey of domestic workers in the region.

At the American University in Cairo from 2005-2011, he became director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies and conducted a number of research projects on migrant and refugee issues, including household domestic workers, child domestic workers, Egyptian families of migrant workers abroad and a large survey of 1000 interviews, analyzing the trajectories of Somali and Ethiopian asylum seekers in Yemen, Syria and Turkey.

In 2012, Dr. Jureidini spent a year as research consultant for the Center of Design Innovation at Qatar Foundation in Doha. He was one of the authors of the Qatar Foundation’s 2013 Mandatory Standards for Migrant Worker Welfare and the author of a 2014 report, Migrant Labour Recruitment to Qatar for the Qatar Foundation. In 2016, he authored the ILO White Paper publication, Ways Forward in Fair Recruitment of Low-skilled Migrant Workers in the Asia-Arab States Corridor.

In 2017 he published papers on wage protection systems in the GCC, the transnational culture of corruption in migrant labour recruitment, and Muslim perspectives on migrants and refugees. He is currently co-editing a book on migration and Islam as part of CILE’s book series with Brill. Dr. Jureidini is also a consultant and advisor on refugee issues, labour recruitment, labour supply chain evaluations and migrant labour reform advocacy.

Relevant Publications

  • 2017 Jureidini, Ray. Transnational Culture of Corruption in Migrant Labour Recruitment, Migration Research Leaders Syndicate, International Organization for Migration.
  • 2017 Jureidini, Ray. Wage Protection Systems and Programmes in the GCC. European University Institute and Gulf Research Center, Research Report, No. 1/2017.
  • 2017 Jureidini, Ray. “Irregular Migration in Qatar: The Role of Legislation, Policies, and Practices” in Philippe Fargue & Nasra Shah (eds) Skilful Survivals: Irregular Migration to the Gulf, Gulf Research Center, Cambridge: 135-160.
  • 2017 Jureidini, Ray. “The Need for Systemic Reform in Migrant Labour Recruitment“, in S Irudaya Rajan (ed) India Migration Report 2016: Gulf Migration, Routledge: 36-47.
  • 2017 Jureidini, Ray. “Islamic Ethics and Migrant Labor in Qatar” in Toseef Azid and Necmettin Kızılkaya (eds) Labour in an Islamic Setting: Theory and Practice, London, Routledge.
  • 2016 Jureidini, Ray. Ways Forward in Recruitment of ‘Low-skilled’ Migrant Workers in Asia-Arab States Corridor, International Labor Organization White Paper, International Labor Organization Regional Office for Arab States, Beirut.
  • 2014 Jureidini, Ray “Arab Gulf States: Recruitment of Asian Workers”, Gulf Labor Markets and Migration, Migration Policy Center (European University Institute) & Gulf Research Center (Cambridge), GLMM – EN – No. 3/2014.
  • 2014 Jureidini, Ray “The Use and Abuse of Domestic Workers: case studies in Lebanon and Egypt”, in Wenona Giles, Mary Romero and Valerie Preston (eds) When Care Work Goes Global: Locating the Social Relations of Domestic Work, Ashgate.
  • 2010 Jureidini, R. “Trafficking and Contract Migrant Workers in the Middle East”, International Migration, Vol. 48 (4) August 2010, pp. 142-163
  • 2009 Jureidini, R. “Irregular Workers in the Labour Market: migrants and refugees working as domestic workers in Egypt” International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS) Vol. 11, No. 1, 2009, pp. 75-90.

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