Num­ber of In­dian work­ers in GCC drops: In­dian Min­is­ter

Oman reg­is­ters de­crease in In­dian work­ers ar­riv­ing; Qatar is the only coun­try in the re­gion to see a growth in this num­ber

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There has been a drop in im­mi­gra­tion of In­dian work­ers to GCC coun­tries, the Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs told the lower house (Lok Sabha) of the In­dian Par­lia­ment last month.

V K Singh, Min­is­ter of State of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, had said, “As per the data cap­tured in the e-Mi­grate sys­tem, the num­ber of em­i­gra­tion clear­ances granted to In­dian Em­i­gra­tion Check Re­quired (ECR) pass­port hold­ing

work­ers go­ing to Gulf coun­tries for em­ploy­ment has come down com­pared to the cor­re­spond­ing num­ber in the year 2015.”

Ac­cord­ing to the e-Mi­grate sys­tem, 53,332 work­ers came to Oman in 2017, while only 32,316 ar­rived till Novem­ber 30, 2018. Sim­i­larly, UAE, Saudi Ara­bia, Kuwait and Bahrain reg­is­tered a drop in the num­ber of In­dian work­ers look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties. In the GCC states, Qatar reg­is­tered an in­crease in the num­ber of In­dian work­ers ow­ing to op­por­tu­ni­ties aris­ing due to

the 2022 World Cup con­struc­tion work.

Singh cited sev­eral rea­sons for the drop in the num­ber of em­i­gra­tion clear­ance through the eM­i­grate sys­tem. “Prom­i­nent among them is that the Gulf coun­tries are pass­ing through a pe­riod of eco­nomic slow­down pri­mar­ily be­cause of the slump in oil prices. Cou­pled with this, the Gulf coun­tries are aim­ing at fill­ing up max­i­mum posts both in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors with their own na­tion­als,” Singh said. Con­tin­ued on

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