UAE committed to expats' rights
Athens, November 7, 2009
The UAE is fully aware of the contribution of expat workers to economic development and is committed to protecting their rights and helping them achieve maximum benefit during their stay in the country, said the country's labour minister.
Saqr Ghobash was speaking at a round-table conference, which was co-chaired by the UAE as part of the activities of the 'Global Forum on Migration and Development' on Friday in Greek capital, Athens.
'The labour in the UAE contribute to the economic process, and in return receive the attention, care and keenness of the political leadership in the country. Their rights are always guaranteed without compromise,' Ghobash was quoted as saying in the Gulf News.
'At the same time, we always look forward to seeing the temporary workers return to their homelands to reintegrate with their societies as part of the plans developed by their respective countries for sustainable development,' Ghobash noted.
The forum was attended by labour ministers from 156 countries and heads of international organizations working in the field of Labour and migration as well as representatives of civil society groups from across the world.
According to Ghobash, the most prominent achievement of the forum was the unity of the concepts on classification of workers.
'We all must be aware of the fact that the types of migration are changing with the time, and when we adopt policies in response to this change, we must be flexible and adaptive,' he added.