No. of In­dian work­ers de­crease:

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

Sta­tis­tics pub­lished by the Times of In­dia News­pa­per showed a sig­nif­i­cant de­cline in the num­ber of im­mi­gra­tion per­mits granted to In­di­ans work­ing in the Gulf re­gion in 2018 – 19 per­cent or 295,000 per­mits com­pared to 374,000 in 2017, reports Al­rai daily.

In ad­di­tion, the num­ber of In­di­ans work­ing in Kuwait de­creased by seven per­cent – 52,000 in 2018 com­pared to 56,000 in 2017.

The last five years wit­nessed a re­mark­able de­cline in the num­ber of In­di­ans work­ing in the re­gion as the num­ber of im­mi­gra­tion per­mits de­creased by 62 per­cent from 2014 to 2018 and by 35 per­cent in Kuwait.

The United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) is­sued the big­gest num­ber of per­mits for In­dian work­ers – 35 per­cent, fol­lowed by the King­dom of Saudi Ara­bia (KSA) and Kuwait – 65,000 and 52,000 re­spec­tively.

On the other hand, KSA lost its po­si­tion as the most at­trac­tive GCC coun­try for In­dian work­ers. The num­ber of In­di­ans work­ing in Saudi Ara­bia from 2014 to 2018 reached 329,000 and it de­creased by 80 per­cent over the last five years as the cur­rent num­ber now stands at about 65,000.

Qatar is the only Gulf coun­try that wit­nessed in­crease in the num­ber of In­di­ans in 2018 – 31 per­cent in­crease or 32,000 com­pared to 25,000 in 2017.

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