India Migrant Labor

Homeward bound

It is estimated that over the next few years a large number of Indian labourers will head back home because of economic downturn and political upheavals in West Asian countries. Rehabilitating them will be a big challenge for the Central and State governments. The end is nowhere in sight to the fighting in Yemen, one […]

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Migrant Labor Nepal

Flight to Nowhere

Nepali migrant workers on their way to the Gulf (Amantha Perera)

I’ll call him Kasendra. He is sitting next to me in a packed, sweaty room at the Kathmandu Airport, in one of those uncomfortable iron seats mounted on metal bars. He is clutching a transparent light blue plastic folio and reading the contents within, without taking the documents out.   The documents are from a manpower agency in Kathmandu and […]

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Bangladesh Migrant Labor Saudi Arabia

Female migrants – Realm of modern day slavery

Young Bangladeshi female migrants, working in the middle eastern and other oil-rich countries are increasingly subjected to torture and sexual abuse by their employers. Sources in Bangladesh embassy in Riyadh said that of the victims, younger ones become more vulnerable despite their legal status in the destination countries. In many cases the employers pick them […]

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Migrant Labor Sri Lanka

Journey to despair

The number of people circumventing the legal route to go abroad for domestic work and unskilled jobs has increased. Without the help from the host countries, there cannot be a solution to the problem of trafficking, and exploitation, of migrant labourers. SITTING in a barely comfortable cubicle at the immigration counter, an officer can almost […]

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India Migrant Labor UAE

Mission possible

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is home to around 2.8 million Indian nationals, of which 60-70 per cent are blue-collar workers. The UAE has the second largest community of Indians, after Saudi Arabia. But the exact number of Indian blue-collar workers there is not available as the UAE authorities do not share such data with […]

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Migrant Labor Qatar

Qatar’s migrant mothers toil for a pittance, continents from their children

Despite recent reforms in the country, Doha’s restrictive employment policies continue to challenge migrant mothers and split families On an average day, Faith sends nearly 100 messages on WhatsApp to her children and family back home in Nairobi, Kenya. “It’s cheaper than calling,” she said. “And I’m only working in Qatar to support them.” In […]

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