India: Govt. records 77,155 labour abuse allegations by migrant workers in the Gulf between 2016-2019

The Indian government has released figures detailing the numbers of allegations of labour abuse it has received from migrant workers to the Gulf countries in the four years between 2016 and 2019. 77,155 complaints were made to embassies and consulates in the six countries, with:

  • 36% from Saudi Arabia;
  • 19% from Kuwait;
  • 15% from Oman;
  • 14% from Qatar;
  • 13% from UAE; and
  • 3% from Bahrain.

9,771 complaints of labour abuse have been registered by Indian workers in the six countries in 2019 so far.

Most of the complaints relate to delayed wages and denial of labour rights and benefits. These include a lack of over time pay and holidays, refusal to renew work permits or issue exit visas for workers to visit India, and a lack of provision of healthcare.

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17 July 2019

9,771 complaints of torture filed by Indian workers in Gulf countries in 2019

Author: Times of India

9,771 complaints of torture have been filed by Indian workers in the Gulf countries this year... "Kuwait tops the list with the highest number of complaints (2377). While 2244 complaints were registered from Saudi Arabia, as many as 1764 complaints were from Oman. Around 1477 and 1459 complaints came from the United Arab Emirates and Qatar... 450 complaints of torture were filed from Bahrain," [said external affairs minister S Jaishankar]... Most... were regarding non-payment of salaries and denial of legitimate labour rights and benefits... on June 30, 2019, a total of 5,804 Indians are registered for repatriation in the embassies or consulates in the Gulf countries.

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17 July 2019

Saudi Arabia tops Indian Gulf workers’ ‘victimisation’ list: MEA

Author: Radheshyam Jadhav, Hindu Business Line

Of the total complaints... registered by Indian workers in Gulf countries, 36 per cent are from Saudi Arabia, while just 3 per cent are from Bahrain... 77,155 complaints were registered...19 per cent of the total complaints have come from Kuwait, followed by Oman (15 per cent), Qatar (14 per cent) and the UAE (13 per cent)... [Most] relate to non-payment of salaries and denial of labour rights and benefits... Other complaints were about weekly holidays, longer working hours, refusal to grant exit/re–entry permits for visits to India, non-provision of medical and insurance facilities, not paying compensation upon death, etc... According to the Indian Missions, the main reason for such problems is illegal migration... unscrupulous agents... economic and financial challenges of employers... disputes with sponsors or companies... and violation of local laws.

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