45% Middle East returnees faced job losses: Survey

45% Middle East returnees faced job losses: Survey

45.5 per cent lost their jobs while 28.4 per cent of the returnees came back to India fearing the lethal virus.

A survey conducted among those from Kerala and Tamil Nadu, who were working in the Middle East, and returned to the country through the repatriation mission when Covid-19 pandemic stuck the world last year, mainly faced job losses while some of them opted to come back to India due to the fear of the virus.

According to the survey, conducted by Thiruvananthapuram-based International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMD), 45.5 per cent lost their jobs while 28.4 per cent of the returnees came back to India fearing the lethal virus.

The survey was headed by leading migration expert S. Irudayarajan who titled his report as ‘Empty handed and Demoralized: New evidences of Wage Theft among Indian migrants during Covid-19’.

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Irudayarajan told media that the lack of availability of reliable data prevented a full-fledged sample survey across Indian states.

“The study relied on the personal details of the returnees provided by both the Kerala and Tamil Nadu governments, and stratified random sampling was conducted on this dataset. The survey was conducted among 2,252 migrant workers who had returned during May 2020 and December 2020.

“Among the respondents, 49.1 per cent had returned from UAE and Saudi Arabia, 32.2 per cent were those employed in the industrial sector, while workers from the construction and hospitality sectors constitute 15.1 per cent and 12.3 per cent. While those from the government sector accounted for a mere 0.79 per cent,” said Irudayarajan.

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