Brunei Darussalam Case Study

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Brunei Darussalam is an energy-rich Sultanate on the northern coast of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Brunei boasts a well-educated, largely English-speaking population, excellent infrastructure, and a government intent on attracting foreign investment and projects. In parallel with Brunei’s efforts to attract foreign investment, the country has improved its protections for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Citizens pay no taxes and receive free education through to the university level as well as free medical care and, frequently, subsidized housing.
Over the past few years, researches have been carefully examining the ways that foreign workers impact to the economy of the country. The United Nations (2004) world survey reported the number of international migration has been increasing greatly from 82 million in 1970 to approximately 175 million people by the year 2000, regardless of the fact that most countries restrict immigration. A very large number of individuals seek to migrate to other countries due to the “pull factor” in the hope of findings better job opportunities, higher salaries, to improve their qualifications, including their language skills and most importantly, to improve their living standard.
As Brunei Darussalam has a small population of 400,000
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It was mentioned by the Brunei Resources that, they account for over a third of the total workforce in Brunei (Brunei Resources, n.d). It is an attractive proposition as there is no income tax to pay and the cost of living is much lower than in many developed countries. In 2010, the number of foreign workers in Brunei increases from 112,500 to 120,000 of foreign workers as said by Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Imam Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Abd Hamid Bakal (The Brunei Times,
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