Migration, in reverse
Out of money and fearing the virus, hundreds of
thousands of foreign workers are flooding home

Ramakrishnan Athekkatil stands outside his spacious, two-story home in India, which he was able to build by leaving his
home country and taking a job in the Persian Gulf. (Ashiq MK for The Washington Post)

Story by Joanna Slater, Kareem Fahim and Katie McQue
Graphics by Lauren Tierney
Oct. 1, 2020

In his long years away from his family, Ramakrishnan Athekkatil often imagined
what it would be like to settle down back in India.

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