No large-scale impact of recession on Indian workers abroad

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New Delhi, July 8 (ANI): Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on Wednesday notified that Indian Missions in the Gulf Countries in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar have not reported any large scale adverse impact of the global economic slowdown and recession on Indian workers, though there has been reports of some job losses.

The Indian Mission in United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reported that accurate figures of return of Indian workers are not available, however, it is estimated that 50,000 to 1,50,000 workers have returned to India due to delay in execution of projects as a result of economic slow down and recession.

The minister further informed that most of the workers have returned to India on leave without pay with the expectation that they would be able to return to work in the UAE once the situation improves.

An important fact to be noticed is that more than ninety percent of Indian Emigration is to the Gulf Countries.

Meanwhile, as far as professionals are concerned, who mostly emigrate to the Western World, report received from Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia indicate that there were no report of such return of Indians. (ANI)

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