Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

“Isa” grew up in Bahrain and lived there until recently. He spoke with several MERIP editors in April 1985. He asked to remain anonymous in order to protect friends and family still living there.

What sort of distinctions and divisions are there among expatriates?

You’ve got the Europeans and Americans and then you’ve got the Indians, Pakistanis, Thais and Koreans. The Koreans come in contingents of a construction company, not free labor. They wear Hyundai uniforms. They go to the market in groups. There’s a much greater language barrier.

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How to cite this article:

"“The Rulers Are Afraid of Their Own People”," Middle East Report Online, May 04, 1985.