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14 Сен 2020

Sowmiya Ashok, VICE

India: Companies and government failing Gulf returnees who face wage theft, quarantine fees

"Thousands of Gulf returnees in India don't know what to do next," 11 Sep 2020

In early May, when the Indian government announced the first set of repatriation flights, 300,000 people registered in the Gulf alone... an estimated 20-30,000 migrants have arrived at Hyderabad airport from Gulf countries...

While the Telangana government provided free quarantine facilities to about 5500 returnees, some were handed over INR 8,000 (USD 110) per person as hotel quarantine stipends...

Activists point out that labour contractors in the Gulf have used the pandemic as an excuse to entirely terminate employment for hundreds of migrant workers without paying them their dues. “During the  pandemic, it was really difficult for us to manage. The contractor returned our passports and cancelled all arrears on wages,” Rakesh said. He migrated to the Gulf for work in 2014 and said that he is owed lakhs of Indian rupees in bonus amounts promised to him by his employer.