Survey shows Emiratis are worried but not scared over expat issues

Published:  23 May at 6 PM
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In spite of governmental attempts to stir un nationalism in the UAE, a recent survey revealed that Emiratis are not frightened by the impact of expats on their country.

The survey, carried out by a student research team amongst other students at Zayed University, concluded that the presence of a majority of expats in the emirates has no effect on local citizens’ solidarity with the leadership. The results were presented at the third annual conference of the Dubai Scientific and Cultural Society as part of a debate on the UAE through its expatriate eyes.

Apprehension over the effect on emirate society by resident expats was noted by 60 per cent of respondees to the survey, but none stated that they were angry or frightened by the issue. The students’ main concerns were maintaining their own national identity and getting the right jobs after graduation.

One point, however, came over strongly in that, although expats should have every right to live and work in the country, the government should ensure that they were given no political rights. Just 23 per cent of those surveyed said that expats had a negative effect, while 15 per cent said the effect was positive and 62 per cent reported their neutrality on the issue.
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