Gulf emigration and economic betterment of Muslim workers: A case study of Falta CD block, South 24 Pgs, West Bengal.

Author Name

Faruk Mallick

Author Address

Rajapur, Beramara, South 24 Parganas West Bengal, 743609


Key Words: Emigration, Gulf nations, Muslim emigrant, economic betterment. West Bengal



Emigration refers to the outflow or outward shifting of an individual or a group of people from a country into a new one. Different pull factors like high wages of labour, an opportunity for better work, availability of cheap land, improving quality of life etc. are the determining factors of emigration. Different Gulf or GCC countries are the destination of low skilled and unskilled workers across the world, mainly workers of developing nations. India is the country with the highest proportion of emigrant workers in the Gulf. In last 2-3 decades, Muslim workers from different parts of West Bengal have emigrated to the different Gulf nations. Muslims of South 24 Parganas districts are significant in numbers as they consist almost 37% of its total population. A bulk of Muslim workers from different blocks of South 24 Parganas also have emigrated into different GCC countries. The families of these workers are benefitted economically, and their social status is also changing. The present study is a case study, and it will address the changing economic status of Muslim out migrant workers in the Gulf and their families of the Falta block of south 24 Parganas district of West Bengal.



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