A new resource centre for Indian migrants employed in the Gulf states will help reduce the risk of workers being trafficked to fake jobs and exploited, Indian officials have said.
Indian government figures show there are some 6 million Indian migrants in the six Gulf states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Dinesh Kumar, an official at the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, said: “There are numerous fake job rackets that result in migrant workers finding themselves without proper documentation, low salaries or even without a job once they arrive here.”
Besides being duped by job agents, many workers are trapped in low paying jobs, unaware of how to seek legal or financial help. In many cases, the difference in culture, language and food habits becomes a hurdle for workers migrating from poor Indian families, Kumar added.
A multilingual toll free number, to register any complaints, will be run 24/7 at the Sharjah-based centre, where job offer letters will also be verified to ensure they are not fake.
An extension of the Indian government's safe migration awareness programme, the centre will invite workers to camps to educate them on their rights as well.
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