DUBAI, UAE, June 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Authors urge greater action to harness positive economic impact of expatriate women
Labor migration has led to an increase in the independence of women and their influence over household decisions, but more could be done to harness the positive impact these women have, according to a research paper sponsored by The Western Union Company released today.
- Women are more reliable than men when remitting funds to their families back home. In 2008 we found that over 12 months, the mean remittances of female expatriate workers in Dubai were almost AED 2,000 more than the remittances of male expatriates.
- Women tend to allocate more resources to support family living expenses and human capital, compared with their male counterparts, who tend to focus on building physical capital.
- Women are also more likely to act as a safety net for their family back home during emergencies and bad economic times. Some 52 per cent of female expatriates in Dubai allocate a portion of their overall remittances for such eventualities, compared with just 5 percent of all expatriate workers.
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