The Two Way Street
Lured by high tax free salaries westerners move to work in Dubai and similar locations.
Such moves are not a one-way deal. The attractive pay and luxury home require that you agree to live by the cultural mores and legal system of the host country. These are not always what some expect and it can be easy to fall foul of the law.
The same applies to visitors to our lands. Economic migrant, asylum seeker, tourist.
Headlines scream 'an immigration crisis' whilst governments bailout financial institutions.
Can we expect to have our cake and eat it?
Freedom's a two way street. Room for accommodation on both sides.
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The Meadows is a gated enclave with a uniformed security guard and lush green landscaping, and Clare is a British expatriate wife whose husband is a contractor. To all intents, they're living what looks very much like the good life: there's a pool in the back garden, year-round sun, and in the living room Sky News is on.
'Oh yes, it looks good, doesn't it? But we've all made a pact with the devil to be here. You get the tax-free salary, but in return you have to give up all your rights. There's no accountability, no transparency, no rule of law. There's no legislative body. Very few employment rights. It looks like a modern country, but it takes more than a few skyscrapers to create one of those. Scratch the surface and it's a different story. And if you're a silly young girlie who gets into trouble, then forget it.'