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Home was a small village ringed by coconut palms and paddy elds on the India's

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the Persian Gulf in search of work. Later Ramakrishnan, 47, and his four brothers
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wealth but short on labor. The migrants worked to raise gleaming cities in the
desert, and built the schools, hospitals and power plants that helped transform
collections of villages and port towns into modern Arab countries.

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Now, one of the largest migration corridors in the world is owing in reverse. The
coronavirus pandemic and crashing oil prices have led to mass layoffs in gulf
states, leaving foreign workers vulnerable and in some cases destitute. Out of
money and fearing the virus, hundreds of thousands have returned home.

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With a vaccine still months away and the number of coronavirus cases rising
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time soon for the world's 164 million migrant workers who cross borders.

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About one-third of them come from South Asia, and India is the single largest
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Nearly 400,000 people have already returned to the state from the gulf since May,
according to data provided by the Kerala government agency responsible for
overseas workers. At least half of the returnees said they were coming back
because they had lost their jobs.
Meanwhile, the pandemic has also prompted some countries in the region to

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accelerate plans to "nationalize" their workforces - in other words, to reduce their
reliance on foreign migrants altogether.
The workers who came home are struggling. Indians who lost their jobs in the
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aftermath of one of the world's strictest lockdowns.

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