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Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC$
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Zahra Babar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190608873

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190608873.001.0001

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Attitudes of Students in the GCC Region towards the Arab Spring

Attitudes of Students in the GCC Region towards the Arab Spring

A Case Study of Students in the UAE1

Chapter:
(p.235) 11 Attitudes of Students in the GCC Region towards the Arab Spring
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Arab Migrant Communities in the GCC
Author(s):

George Naufal

Ismail Genc

Carlos Vargas-Silva

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190608873.003.0011

The purpose of this chapter is to present new empirical research on the Arab Spring and, specifically, to focus on the attitudes of residents of one country in the Middle East towards the Arab Spring. This research was conducted in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which has been one of the main migrant destinations in the world for the last two decades. This allows for comparisons regarding attitudes towards the Arab Spring across individuals from different regions of origin such as GCC, South Asia, and Western countries. The attitudes of university students are important because the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has experienced a substantial increase in the 17 to 23 years of age population. Existing reports suggest that, by far, those involved in Arab Spring protests were young individuals. The analysis places particular emphasis on the correlation of attitudes towards the Arab Spring with three key aspects: religiousness, attachment to the GCC countries, and attachment to country of origin.

Keywords:   UAE, Arab Spring, Students, Attitudes, Religiousness, Migrant

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