KERALA

‘Wage theft,’ a bane of Gulf returnees
S.R. Praveen
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, JULY 30, 2021 14:56 IST
UPDATED: JULY 30, 2021 14:56 IST

A survey among 3,345 Keralite migrant workers concludes that 11% of them have been
forced to return without severance package and wages for several years, with the
amount translating to ₹62.58 crore

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As many as 11% of migrant workers from Kerala who were forced to return from Gulf
countries during the COVID-19 pandemic have not got their wages, according to a study on
wage theft conducted by the Centre for Indian Migrant Studies (CIMS). The report points at
remittance loss to Kerala owing to this, which is a cause for worry as remittances make up
more than a quarter of the State Gross Domestic Product.

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