Coronavirus: Indian labourers in GCC countries are in dire need of help, say experts -Varghese K George

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published Published on Apr 11, 2020   modified Modified on Apr 12, 2020

-The Hindu

They are at the bottom of the pyramid and have little access to healthcare, say migration experts S. Irudaya Rajan and Ginu Zacharaia Oommen.

Migrants labourers have been among the worst hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most Indian migrants in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are at the bottom of the pyramid in their host countries. Infected in large numbers, and with limited access to healthcare, that is a humanitarian crisis that is developing.

S. Irudaya Rajan is Professor at the Centre of Development Studies (CDS) Thiruvananthapuram and Member of the Kerala Govt. Expert Committee on COVID-19. Ginu Zacharaia Oommen is a Member of the Kerala Public Service Commission, formerly Visiting Professor at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’homme (FMSH), Paris. Both are experts on migration and they jointly edited Asianization of Migrant Workers in the Gulf Countries (Springer) recently.

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The Hindu, 11 April, 2020,

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