New Delhi, Feb 26: Around 20,000 Indians have lost jobs overseas and have come back to India due to global recession, the government told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Feb 26. Though the exact number of laid off people is not known, reports suggest that 16,000 to 20,000 people have lost jobs, said Vylar Ravi, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister during Question Hour.
The Minister said that the incidents of overseas employers retaining their Indian employees passports have come down by 50 per cent. Some employers keep the passports of employees and do not renew these in time, rendering them illegal immigrants. The government is holding talks with foreign countries on this issue.
The Minister also spoke about amending of the Immigration Act which was last amended in 1983. There are a number of bilateral agreements signed by the government to protect the interests of the migrant workers also, he said.