Issues in Focus

End of the Gulf dream?

Print edition : August 04, 2017

At the passenger departure terminal at Thiruvananthapuram airport. Photo: S. GOPAKUMAR

Billboards for money exchange line up the Changanacherry-Alappuzha road at Perunna in Kerala. The economic slowdown in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait has also adversely impacted Indian migrant workers in those countries. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

A poster on a car bound for the Kochi International Airport with a Gulf-bound passenger reads: “Congrats to plumber Diveesh heading for the Gulf”. Photo: K.K. Mustafah

Stagnating wages, rising costs of living, a growing trend of imposing restrictions on foreign workers and the declining fortunes of the Gulf itself have resulted in a decline in the number of emigrants from Kerala and a weakened remittance flow into the State.
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