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Douglas J. Besharov and Mark H. Lopez

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190211394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211394.001.0001

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Population Imbalance and Immigration as a Public Policy Problem in the United Arab Emirates

Population Imbalance and Immigration as a Public Policy Problem in the United Arab Emirates

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(p.308) 14 Population Imbalance and Immigration as a Public Policy Problem in the United Arab Emirates
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Adjusting to a World in Motion
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Ahmed Mustafa Elhussein Mansour

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211394.003.0014

The objective of this chapter is twofold. First, the chapter explains the factors that have led to the present population imbalance in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In 2014, just 12 percent of the UAE’s population was born there, an extreme example of population imbalance. This population imbalance has resulted from three interrelated factors: a small-size UAE-born population with sizable wealth, an incessant drive for rapid economic development, and a severe shortage of skilled and unskilled labor. Second, the chapter examines the possible policy options available to the government to address this complex problem and the painful trade-offs associated with them. Currently population imbalance occupies a high priority status on the UAE government’s agenda because it is considered a potential threat to national security, political stability, and national identity.

Keywords:   population imbalance, United Arab Emirates, skilled labor, unskilled labor, national security

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