The Global Edge
The new geography of immigration has remade the world economy
How the Largest Migration in History Is Reshaping Our World
by Doug Saunders
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Before I moved to Abu Dhabi in 2007, one of the few things I knew about the United Arab Emirates was that it was home to a vast army of slave labor, imported from the Indian subcontinent to build Pharaoh's new glass-and-steel pyramids—not to mention staffing his grocery shops and gas stations, weeding his gardens, sweeping his floors, and paving his roads.
This impression—of subaltern workers oppressed and exploited by oil-rich Gulf Arabs—was not necessarily inaccurate: The worst-off of these laborers are housed in cramped compounds, defrauded by agents in their home countries and saddled with crippling debts, vulnerable to abuse by employers, and generally treated as fourth-class citizens. Even in the local press—whose primary function is to glorify and celebrate the country's rulers—one finds a regular
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