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Oman: Migrant health workers fighting COVID-19 are seen as a "disposable workforce", alleges report

Oman, like other Gulf states, has used migrant workers to achieve its development goals but has consistently failed to give back...The government of Oman has used the pandemic to accelerate its Omanization programme and the number of migrant workers in the Sultanate fell from 2.1 million in June 2017 to 1.9 million in June 2020. While it has extended free testing and treatment to expats during the pandemic it is clear that the Omani government has not adopted any notion of security of residency as far as migrant workers are concerned who, as in the rest of the Gulf, are regarded as a disposable workforce. Furthermore, the Omani government, like the other GCC states, privileges conceptions of citizenship based around the nation-state. Due to the economic benefits associated with GCC citizenship and national identity projects there is little interest in extending citizenship to the migrant populations that make up the majority of the population in most GCC states and notions of transnational citizenship are restricted