Need for More Research on Challenges to Gulf Migration: Ambassador Talmiz Ahmed

Published Date:   Sunday, Feb 21, 2016

Need for More Research on Challenges to Gulf Migration: Ambassador Talmiz Ahmed

Speaking at the plenary session title “Industry, Academics and Government” as a part of the International Conference organized by Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism at India International Centre, New Delhi during 20-21 February 2016, Ambassador Talmiz Ahmed who worked in GCC counties for decades said that India is a leading sending country to GCC which is about 8 million by the end of 2015. Out of which 50% are from Kerala alone. 80-% of the total migrants from India are from four Southern states.  Ambassador Ahmed said that there has been better bilateral agreement and welfare response by the sending countries to the migrants.  He said that most of the challenges comes from India itself by the local recruitment agencies, bureaucracy, police, and politicians. Lakhs of money were spent on corruption and other malpractices in the process of getting visa to go abroad. Ambassador Ahmed emphasized many other issues such as illegal migration, atrocities and abuse against women workers etc has become a big issue. He said that these issues need to be studies by academics.  

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