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  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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