Friday, June 09, 2006

A nation of temps

Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Economy:
She mentioned that currently, the UAE population is comprised of 85% expatriates and only 15% nationals, which is the highest ratio of foreign workers in the wider Gulf region. In addition, the UAE's work force is further skewed to the expatriates with the ratio of 90.7% foreign workers and 9.3% nationals. Of the employable base of UAE nationals, more than 88% are working in the public sector, with 56% of Emirati men in either the military or police services.
Unskilled workers can stay for 6 years
Unskilled foreign workers and domestic help will be allowed a maximum stay of six years in the UAE, the Minister of Labour said yesterday. Speaking to Gulf News from Geneva, Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi said a total of 2 million unskilled workers will be considered "temporary contractual workers under an agreement with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)".

"The UAE will receive an official document from the IOM recognising the change of the workers' position from being immigrants to temporary contractual workers," Al Ka'abi said.
Not all nations of immigrants are equal.


Blogger uae alias said...

As A UAE local I can't be happier about this new law its the law we always dreamt about and we find it wise and insightful!

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah right! like the uae locals are gonna replace the unskilled workforce - even marginally

10:56 PM  
Blogger John B. Chilton said...

My reading of the article is that the UAE is _not_ saying its reliance on low-skilled foreign labor is a temporary. It is taking action to ensure that the status of the individual workers is temporary. There's a big difference.

I thought uae alias was praising the latter, but I could be mistaken. Making their status more clearly temporary weakens any claim they might have to being recognized as permanent. It closes the door more firmly on any notion that they could ever have some citizenship status or claim. It undercuts claims based on assertions of what is just or fair for long-time residents.

12:53 AM  
Blogger uae alias said...

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2:08 PM  
Blogger uae alias said...

What I'm Really happy about is that I believe that we are implementing a work around on the international laws on that whoever stay on a foriegn coutry for more than 30 have the right to get the citizenship of that country... and if the these amounts of unskilled workforce are going to get it, i won't be happy at all... this is not nly how i think about it, but all the locals i have ever met

2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any law that will protect our rights as the local original inhabitants of this land who are unfortunatly a minorty is MORE than ok

3:37 PM  

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