Fewer In­di­ans head­ing to work in Kuwait, GCC

Kuwait Times - - Front Page - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: The num­ber of em­i­gra­tion clear­ances granted to In­di­ans headed to GCC states for em­ploy­ment con­sid­er­ably dropped in 2018, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the Times of In­dia, not­ing that a 21 per­cent drop was de­tected with only 295,000 clear­ances is­sued in 2018 com­pared to 374,000 in 2017. Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics, the to­tal num­ber of In­di­ans emi­grat­ing to Kuwait dropped by 7 per­cent in 2018 to 52,000 com­pared to 56,000 in 2017.

Sta­tis­tics also showed that there had been a sharp drop of 62 per­cent in the num­ber of In­di­ans emi­grat­ing to GCC states over the past five years (20142018), and a 35 per­cent drop in those com­ing to Kuwait in the same pe­riod.

The news­pa­per noted that UAE is­sued the largest num­ber of work per­mits for In­di­ans in 2018, fol­lowed by Saudi Ara­bia and Kuwait.

The study showed Saudi Ara­bia lost its spot as most

at­trac­tive desti­na­tion for In­dian la­bor. The to­tal num­ber of In­di­ans trav­el­ling to Saudi Ara­bia was 329,000 in 2014, but dropped by 80 per­cent over the past five years to around 65,000. On the other hand, the news­pa­per showed Qatar is the only GCC state to which the num­ber of In­dian work­ers in­creased in 2018 to reach 32,000, com­pared to 25,000 in 2017. TOI also quoted the In­dian min­istry of for­eign af­fairs ex­plain­ing the drop to eco­nomic prob­lems in some GCC states as a re­sult of the drop in oil prices, in ad­di­tion to poli­cies of na­tion­al­iz­ing jobs in both the pub­lic and the pri­vate sec­tors.

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