Migrant Workers in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates: Guidelines for International Social Work

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This paper intends to compare the realities of migrant workers within South Africa and the United Arab Emirates and postulates that patterns of migrant workers are very much the same. It will provide an overview of migrant workers within each country and expound certain social work strategies to address the problems related to migrant policies to control migrant work and provide guidelines for social workers to intervene where necessary. These guidelines focus on the universal responsibility of social workers as well as the ethical issues of migrant workers within the international domain.


Keywords: Migrant Workers, Globalization, International Social Work
Stream: Immigration, Refugees
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Migrant Workers in South Africa and the United Arab Emirates


Dr. Leon Holtzhausen

Assistant Professor, Social Work Programme
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
United Arab Emirates University

Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Currently employed as an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Programme United Arab Emirates University. I worked as a Child Care Worker for a Non Governmental Organization situated in Central Johannesburg, Hillbrow. In 1994 I joined the South African Department of Correctional Services where I made a significant contribution to the field of substance abuse treatment & rehabilitation by establishing the first of its kind secure care substance abuse treatment facility in a South African Prison.

Dr. Emmerenti Oliphant

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
College of Humanities and Social Scienes, Texas East Austin University

Texas, USA

Dr. Oliphant is an associate professor of social work at the Texas Austin University and has comprehensive experience in both working and teaching in South-Africa and the United States. She has also presented various papers and projects on multicultural issues and Third World realities at various international conferences. As a researcher her interest are in populations at risk and also in the empowerment of people within marginalized communities.

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