Thousands of Keralites flew back home from across the world during the pandemic after losing their jobs. According to a report by the Centre for Indian Migrant Studies (CIMS), around Rs 1,180 crores is yet to be paid as salaries and benefits for these expatriates. nepal delta covid variant Some companied took advantage of the situation. Some of the Gulf returnees file complaints against companies and employers in foreign countries over dues. Some company owners exploited the Covid-crisis to slash salaries. They were also denied employment benefits and gratuity. On the basis of accurate records and calculations of the wage system in the foreign countries, CIMS have conducted a study on 3945 expatriate workers who returned from abroad, reveals the loss of more than Rs 62 crores due to wage theft.