Covid effect: 8.4 lakh migrants back in Kerala from abroad, 5.5 lakh lost their jobs -Shaju Philip

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published Published on Jan 7, 2021   modified Modified on Jan 7, 2021

-The Indian Express

With the figures indicating that the job crisis triggered by Covid-19 continues, Kerala economy may be facing long-term impact, with remittances from abroad, mainly West Asia, its lifeline.

Thiruvananthapuram: AMIDST the Covid-19 pandemic-induced economic crisis, 5.52 lakh people who have returned to Kerala from abroad since May last year have given loss of jobs as reason, according to government data.

As per figures compiled by the Department of Non-Resident Keralites Affairs, 8.43 lakh people returned to Kerala from foreign countries between the first week of May 2020 and January 4 this year. Of them, 5.52 lakh said they had lost their jobs — with 1.40 lakh of them returning in the last 30 days.

Another big chunk of returnees, 2.08 lakh, stated that their job visas had expired or mentioned other reasons for their return. The rest include senior citizens, or children, and family members of expatriates.

With the figures indicating that the job crisis triggered by Covid-19 continues, Kerala economy may be facing long-term impact, with remittances from abroad, mainly West Asia, its lifeline.

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The Indian Express, 7 January, 2021, https://indianexpress.com/article/india/covid-effect-8-4-lakh-migrants-back-in-kerala-from-abroad-5-5-lakh-lost-their-jobs-7136016/


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