very badly, indeed. and dubai is among the better ones. it's these
poor people killing themselves in the desert who are sustaining
kerala's money-order economy, not that 'kerala model' snake-oil that
amartya sen has been peddling.
also interesting to note that the 'south asian' 24-year-old pakistani
guy claims he gets $112 a month in paki-land as a pipe-fitter. what,
7000 paki rupees for a pipe-fitter? the indian guy who says he was
making $37.5 a month seems to be understating it: who gets paid 1500
indian rupees a month? maidservants make more than that at each of the
3-4 houses they go to.
the numbers look bogus: people must be making more, else even
unskilled labor wouldn't voluntarily go live in those horrible desert
lands. of course, skilled labor such as doctors and engineers make
good money in these places, tax-free.
but the suffering sounds quite true.