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21 Nov 2019

Rejimon Kuttappan, The Lede (India)

Everyday 52 Indian Migrant Workers Lodge Complaints From Gulf Countries

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On average, 52 Indians working in the Arab Gulf are lodging labour complaints on a daily basis in the Indian embassies...

migrant rights activists said that even though India is receiving around USD 79 billion as remittances from Indian migrants, India does not have a migration policy.

“We are still managing migration with a 1983 Emigration Bill. The entire migration scenario has changed in the last 35 years. But we are not updated ourselves and that’s why our people are struggling in the Arab Gulf...

“The Arab Gulf countries have exploitative working conditions... as we don’t have rights-based treaties with these Arab Gulf countries, our workers can be subjected to exploitation very easily,” [said Mandha Bheem Reddy, President of Emigration Welfare Forum]... adding that India has also missed to sign many global tools that can cover our workers’ rights.