Migrant Labor Sri Lanka

Disasters bring upheaval to Sri Lanka’s rural economy

Last year was an annus horribilis for 52-year-old Newton Gunathileka. A paddy smallholder from Sri Lanka’s north-western Puttalam District, 2017 saw Gunathileka abandon his two acres of paddy for the first time in over three-and-a-half decades, leaving his family almost destitute. The father of two had suffered two straight harvest losses and was over 1,300 […]

Bangladesh Migrant Labor

Homecoming in Coffins

Bangladeshi migrant workers experienced the worst year in 2017, with around 3,500 dead bodies sent back from different countries, the highest number ever in a single year. Most of these migrant workers who died due to “heart attacks and strokes” were between the ages of 30 and 45 — an unlikely age to have such […]

India Migrant Labor

International Migration Day: Not just tweets, MEA must safeguard Indian migrants from trafficking, push for rehabilitation

Manjusha OM, an Indian domestic worker from Kerala, returned home empty-handed from Saudi Arabia, with a shattered mind and bruises on her body, after working like a slave for eight months. She was beaten up by her Arab employer for ‘disobedience’ during her 20-hour-long duty and had to eat from garbage bins to keep herself […]

Migrant Labor Nepal

Failed and exploited, Nepal migrant workers trapped in debt cycle – Amnesty

Nepali migrant workers are trapped in a vicious cycle of debt and exploitation due to a failure by authorities to crack down on recruitment firms that charge illegally high fees for jobs abroad, human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday. Wages sent back by an estimated four million Nepalis – mainly employed working in […]

India Migrant Labor Pakistan Saudi Arabia

Victims of Saudi Financial Crisis See No Reprieve Even After Months of Suffering

In the Churu city of Rajasthan, India, a family of 10 is desperately worried. Six years ago, Yousuf Ali*, the third of eight siblings, took a loan to leave for Riyadh to work as part of Empower Contracting, a subsidiary of the construction business Saudi Binladen Group. The dream to support his family did not […]

Migrant Labor Pakistan UAE

Dubai, bruises and labour

The oil rich country with its luxurious lifestyle and cuisine from around the world is a perfect holiday destination. But beneath the glitz and glamour there’s a dark side as thousands of migrant laborers toil away, hidden, always under surveillance of local forces. The migrant workers often forego wages they are entitled to and don’t […]

Migrant Labor Qatar

Qatar steps up efforts to protect migrant workers’ rights, but activists are not celebrating just yet

Gireesh Kumar, an engineer from the south Indian state of Kerala at a company in Qatar, is quite hopeful as the Qatari government is initiating wide-ranging reforms in its labour system to protect and respect migrant workers’ rights. Gireesh who joined an oil company in Qatar some two years ago was betrayed by the recruitment […]