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This chapter discusses the role of migrant workers from a global perspective, emphasizing that all developed countries import migrant labor as a temporary solution for surplus jobs in the economy or a longer term solution to filling jobs that are below the expectations of the citizenry in terms of compensation or working conditions. Wages and salaries account for most of employers’ labor costs and a sizeable portion of the overall cost of operations especially in the service industries. In the modern global economy, citizen workers in most modernized countries compete with migrant workers who enter the country temporarily to work. Salary remittance patterns from the UAE back to the home countries of expatriate workers are examined in terms of the benefits to the economies of the home countries and the loss of GDP to the UAE economy . The chapter concludes with a brief comparison of cost of living estimates exemplifying the ability of expatriate workers, often provided with accommodation, transportation, food, and other benefits in the UAE reducing the overall cost of living. At the same time, the salary remittances uplift the quality of life of the family members left behind in the home country or the lives of the expatriate workers when they repatriate back to their home countries.
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