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Article

17 Jun 2024

Author:
Outlook India

Indian migrant workers face innumerable challenges amid conflict & poor labour standards in Qatar, Singapore, Israel & Russia

"International concerns grow over treatment of Indian workers overseas,"

On the morning of 12 June, a fire broke out in a residential building in Kuwait, killing about 50 people and leaving more than 50 seriously injured. All the dead and injured were migrant workers who were working there. Most of these migrant workers were Indians. As soon as this news reached India, the media and civil society started targeting the government.

In a report released by the International Labor Organization in 2018, it was claimed that about 90 lakh Indians are working in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, most of whom are forced to do low-skilled jobs for very little money. In such a situation, the ILO also recommended that the Indian government should pay attention to this issue...

In April this year, the government decided to send 6000 Indian workers to Israel to do construction work under a G2G... civil societies and workers unions have strongly criticized the government's decision...

In February this year, the Russian government recruited about 100 Indians as military helpers... Two of the Indians who were living in Russia for this job have lost their lives in the war...

According to a report by the Guardian, during [Qatar's preparation for the World Cup and] construction work of ten years, more than 6500 workers lost their lives, among whom many were Indians...

In 2020, anti-India sentiments were seen among the people of Singapore. Many such cases were seen where Indian workers working in Singapore were bullied on social media and in the workplace.