“We can’t call this diversity and no nation on earth could accept the erosion of its culture on its own land.”
Who said that? Some racist Islamophobe in, say, Sweden? Or maybe Britain, or Belgium, or Texas?
No, it was Bahrain’s Minister of Labor, Mr. Majeed al-Alawi. Mr. al-Alawi is alarmed by the numbers of non-Arabs who have come to Bahrain to take advantage of all the petrodollars and work for Bahrainis.
According to today’s Asia News:
Manama wants to expel foreign workers after six years
Manama (AsiaNews) – Gulf States might end up expelling foreigner workers after six years if a proposal being put forwards by Bahrain is accepted. The Bahrain Labour Minister Majeed al-Alawi has denied however that he intends to present it to the next Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) meeting scheduled for Doha (Qatar) in December. If implemented it would affect an estimated 13 million expatriate workers living in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
“The majority of foreign manpower in the region comes from different cultural and social backgrounds that cannot assimilate or adapt to the local cultures,” al-Alawi told the Gulf Daily News in an interview. “In some areas of the Gulf, you can’t tell whether you are in an Arab Muslim country or in an Asian district. We can’t call this diversity and no nation on earth could accept the erosion of its culture on its own land,” he said.
Wow. Is it time to cite Bahrain for human rights violations? Should we educate them to help them overcome their kuffarphobia?
Actually, it’s not clear that these foreigners are mostly kuffar. The article refers to them as “Asians”, and most of them are probably poor Muslims from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines:
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The Bahraini minister is worried by the fact that under international labour treaties and global conventions expatriate workers and their families will be entitled to housing, education and health services and could also claim nationality after five years’ residency.
Expatriates account for around 80 per cent of the population of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, while in Kuwait they are roughly 60 per cent. In Bahrain they are about 40 per cent.
Eighty percent! And the French feel like they have an immigrant problem, with a mere ten percent.
Foreigners in the Arabian peninsula, even if they are Muslims, are considered second-class citizens, and not entitled to the same rights and privileges that Arabs expect. It will be interesting to see how this influx of foreigners turns out over the long haul.
Hat tip: insubria.