The paper "Impact of Immigration on the United Arab Emirates’ Ability to Achieve its Vision 2030 Goals" is a good example of a business case study. Since the discovery and commercialization of oil in the United Arab Emirates in the 1950s, the country has experienced unprecedented flow of immigrant workers and traders from all over the world particularly from India, Philippines and Pakistan. As of 2013, the United Arab Emirates had an immigrant population of 7.8 million out of the country’ s total population of 9.2 million at the time. As can be seen from the demographics, the most striking aspect of the UAE’ s society is that immigrants actually outnumber the native population of the country.
While the expatriate population has played a significant role in developing the Emirates by offering labour, skills, expertise and experience across all sectors, immigration remains to be a strategic concern issue in the UAE’ s vision 2030 due to its impact on the social, political and economic spheres of the society. This means the UAE’ s leadership must develop immigration policies that take into account the goals of the vision 2030 and the best interests of its citizens.
If UAE fails to develop and implement sound immigration policies, the country may not be able to achieve its goal of promoting an inclusive social environment that integrates all segments of society while preserving the countries culture, heritage and traditions. The economic effect of Immigration on the UAE’ s society and its vision 2030 In order to ensure that UAE has an immigration policy framework that supports its growth and development goals, it will be important for the government to engage economic experts and local political leadership to come up with strategies that will attract a highly-skilled workforce to work with its native population in various sectors.
Such a policy should aim to build cohesion and harmony in a multicultural society such as UAE as envisioned in its vision 2030. This means that it will be important to enforce policies that promote the participation of native workers in the growth of the economy to facilitate knowledge sharing and cooperation between immigrant populations and UAE citizens. Already, the UAE government has had to reform its migration policies to employ more of its citizens in its government agencies and institutions.
However, expatriates made up more than 99.5 percent of people employed in the private sector in industries such as tourism, finance, manufacturing and other services in 2013. The UAE government is currently focused on diversifying the economy to reduce future reliance on hydrocarbons as the primary source of revenue for the economy. This has seen significant investment in research and development, education, the establishment of industries and human capital. It is important to note that the UAE relies to a large extent on the skills, expertise and knowledge of expatriate workers in various sectors of the economy (Baldwin-Edwards, 2011).
According to Shah (2006), the UAE government has had to reform its immigration policies to offer more protection for such workers rights after accusations of hostility from the natives and oppressive labour laws. To affect such reforms, UAE may have to foster closer diplomatic and working relations with the various countries with significant numbers of expatriate workers in UAE to sustain the flow of skilled workers and knowledge from advanced economies and countries with such abundant resources.
This will also ensure emirates such as Dubai continue to attract key foreign direct investment (FDI) to spur economic growth. Currently, Dubai is reliant on Abu Dhabi for financial support. For Dubai to achieve FDI-induced growth, it has to promote immigration policies that ensure foreigners feel safe and secure working and investing in the UAE. Sound immigration policies that protect both immigrants and natives will also ensure Dubai and Abu Dhabi remain as regional hubs for trade, financial services and knowledge exchange.
This will be achieved through a diversified economy supported by entrepreneurship and a truly global focus of the country’ s private sector. Such an undertaking will require the effort of both nationals and foreigners in the UAE society. Clearly, building an inclusive economic environment through appropriate policies will be an effective way of ensuring UAE benefits from the contribution of both nationals and expatriates in different sectors of a diversified economy.
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