Top officials and experts during the Labour Mobility Conference at the Emirates Centre for
Strategic Studies and Research which kicks off yesterday commended UAE for playing a good role on issues related to labor mobility.
Michael Clemens, a senior fellow and research manager from the Centre for Global Development in Washington said that expatriates in UAE remit $12bn to the rest of the world which is a huge contribution to global development.
“Nobody in the Gulf studies this. They study other aspects, like protecting rights of workers”, he said.
Base on the statistics of UAE Labour Ministry, nearly four million expatriates are living and working in the country.
Migrant workers in Arabian Gulf countries generate up to US$80 billion of remittances each year.
“The GCC countries are major stakeholders in development and migration and there are many migrant workers in the GCC”, Dr Farrukh Iqbal, director for the GCC and Mena at the World Bank said.
William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said that the conference on Labour Mobility will improve awareness and knowledge on the subject of mobility and development in the region.
He commends UAE’s arrangement with India whereas labour terms of Indian workers must be acknowledged before coming to UAE.
“The UAE and the International Organisation for Migration have established a strong working relationship through our cooperation on the Abu Dhabi Dialogue,” Swing added.
The 2 days international conference on Labor Mobility is under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
New ideas on how to strengthen the human development benefits of labor mobility policies to the development planning in the Asian region and beyond will be given highlight on the said event.
Over 150 experts, government officials and international researchers, executives and practitioners are attending on the 2 days conference that will end today.