Remitters in Dubai

12 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2010

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George Naufal

Texas A&M University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Carlos Vargas-Silva

University of Oxford

Date Written: August 12, 2010


This article provides a short description of remitters in Dubai. The data comes from a remittance survey on foreign workers in the Emirate conducted in 2008. Among other findings, our results suggest that there are key differences between those remitters who live in labour camps and those living in “regular” accommodations. For example, those living in labour camps have a tendency to remit more often, but tend to remit smaller amounts. One possibility is that the lack of security in labour camps has pushed these workers to remit the money they earn as soon as possible. The article points out several other differences between the two groups of workers.

Keywords: Dubai, Migration, Remittances

JEL Classification: F24

Suggested Citation

Naufal, George Sami and Vargas-Silva, Carlos, Remitters in Dubai (August 12, 2010). Available at SSRN: or

George Sami Naufal

Texas A&M University ( email )

Public Policy Research Institute
4476 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072

Carlos Vargas-Silva (Contact Author)

University of Oxford ( email )

58 Banbury Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6QS
United Kingdom


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