Indian labourers working in the United Arab Emirates have dramatically improved the living conditions of their families residing in India, according to a new study.
The study conducted by the US-based Centre for Global Development in 10 states in India says Indians who managed to get jobs in the UAE had wages which were equivalent to two and a half times more than what they would have gained in their country.
The study followed jobs in the construction sector in the UAE and records that Indian workers who had come to work before the global financial crisis in 2008 had greater opportunities when compared to workers who applied to work after the crisis directly.
The fact is that Indians moving to work in the UAE have contributed to the reduction of poverty, obtain hundreds of thousands of jobs, and provided Indian families with billions of dollars which were transferred by workers from their average monthly earnings, which have risen by approximately 250 per cent to 300 per cent, the report said.
The study carried out by Michael Clemens, a Senior Fellow and Director of Research at the Centre for Global Development, along with 86 researchers was a comparison study targeted Indian labourers residing and working within the UAE, UAE’s official news agency WAM reported.
The study compared 3,000 families, who had managed to send one family member to work in the UAE in the construction sector before the global financial crisis of 2008, with 1,500 other Indian families with similar specifications but had no member working in the country during the crisis.
Published by Al’amal magazine of the UAE’s Ministry of Labour, the study suggests that the list of benefits also include the increased likelihood of worker’s family to own a commercial project by 30 per cent compared to families with no members working abroad.
It counter-argues the idea that families, with a member working abroad, rest and completely rely on that member to provide income, but finds that instead, the family work as hard as possible and try to earn even more than the usual income.