Monday, August 25, 2008

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From WaPo:
In the United Arab Emirates, which has leveraged comparatively modest oil reserves to become a financial powerhouse, foreigners made up 98 percent of the private workforce last year.

With 4.5 million foreign workers and fewer than 1 million citizens in the Emirates, Emiratis long ago became a minority in their own country. Fearful of worker unrest, the country has resorted to conducting mass deportations and setting up labor camps.
This reminds me of a story I read some time ago that after they signed a free trade deal with the U.S., Jordanians set up sweat shops in their country that they then stocked with foreign nationals. Kind of a reverse colonialism when you think about it, but does one ever leave the 'colony'?

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