Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lost in the Gulf: India's Missing Migrants

Islam and the Media
09 Nov 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com

By Bhanu Bhatnagar

"A cousin of mine committed suicide just two days after starting a new job in Oman. Another cousin who worked in a cattle feed factory went missing for four months. I knew there would be hundreds of cases like this." He was wrong: It turns out there are thousands of such stories. Most stories revolve around trying to locate a missing husband. Huge migration flows from southern India over the past three decades, of mostly men in search of jobs, has left millions of so-called "Gulf wives" stuck in their communities, raising their children alone and entirely dependent on remittances from their overseas partners.

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