Migrant workers and uae national security: a mixed methods futures approach and scenarios toward 2050

Doctorate other than PhD

AlSaabri, Maryam Mohammed Ali. 2023. Migrant workers and uae national security: a mixed methods futures approach and scenarios toward 2050. Doctorate other than PhD Doctor of Professional Studies (Research). University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/z4z20

Migrant workers and uae national security: a mixed methods futures approach and scenarios toward 2050

TypeDoctorate other than PhD
AuthorsAlSaabri, Maryam Mohammed Ali
1. FirstProf Luke van der Laan
2. SecondDr Sophia Imran
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
Qualification NameDoctor of Professional Studies (Research)
Number of Pages295
PublisherUniversity of Southern Queensland
Place of PublicationAustralia
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.26192/z4z20

The proposed dissertation sets out to investigate the futures of national security threat posed by the emergence of sub-communities typified by migrant workers. The study focuses on examining the effects of migrant workers on UAE’s national security by 2050. The migrants’ effects dimensions include their stay’s legitimacy (legal/illegal) and security clearance profile (committed either criminal offense or visa offense, or both). To understand the examination, this study applied multiphase design in mixed methodology. It started with a literature review followed by a convergent design using Descriptive Statistics and PESTEEL in the initial phases of the study. The study applied qualitative data collection and analysis techniques using Delphi and Scenarios building in the third and fourth phases. At the completion of the research study, three main scenarios of possible futures of national security by 2050 were framed. The scenarios were based on the data interpretation and visualizing collected from the four phases and were associated with the drivers and forces of change affecting and affected by migrant workers committing visa and/or criminal offenses. This dissertation was submitted as a DPRS qualification and the need of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs (GDRFA) to fulfil the gap in its long-term plans and the futures plan of Dubai by 2050. As a futures studies, it focuses on future uncertainties. Although, ‘The future is unpredictable,’ GDRFA is responsible for transforming the study results into ideas, threats, and opportunities. The strategies and initiatives that are based on futures analysis are only processes of preparing for the unknowns and promoting futures labs.

Keywordsnational security; crime; visa; futures; foresight; Migrant workers
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440702. Crime policy
430311. Historical studies of crime
480401. Criminal law
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