India: 39% Kerala & Tamil Nadu returnees from Middle-East faced non-payment of wages amid COVID-19; 45% repatriated after job loss
"Survey: 39% workers repatriated from West Asia in 2020 faced non-payment of wages," 30 Sep 2021
A survey conducted among migrant workers who were repatriated from the Middle East during the first wave of the pandemic shows that 39.1 per cent of them faced non-payment of wages...
The survey was conducted among 2,252 migrant workers from Kerala and Tamil Nadu, who were repatriated during May 2020 and December 2020. These two states accounted for a significant share of the repatriated migrant workers. Among the respondents, 49.1 per cent returned from UAE and Saudi Arabia...
Among the returnees, 45.5 per cent chose repatriation due to job loss and 28.4 per cent returned due to fear of the Covid-19 virus.
Among those who lost jobs, most of the workers (30.18 per cent) were asked to resign. Notably, 18.7 per cent of the workers were advised to travel back home without payment of their salaries, and a few workers (2.6 per cent) were threatened with termination. Among these, only 12.79 per cent received a favorable option of returning to their home country with wages and dues.
Among the respondents, 32.2 per cent were employed in the industrial sector, while workers from construction and hospitality sectors constituted 15.1 per cent and 12.3 per cent, respectively.