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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 3581
ANSWERED ON:  17.03.2021
Registered Migrant Workers
Pinaki Misra
Will the Minister of



EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:-


(a) the number of Indian migrant workers who registered to work in the Gulf countries;

(b) whether the Government has reduced the minimum referral wages for employment in the Gulf countries and if so, the details thereof;

(c) whether the Government will consider revising this reduction given the general economic distress caused due to Covid-19 and if so, the details thereof; and

(d) the number of labour complaints received by embassies in Gulf countries in the last three years?


ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) The number of Indian migrant workers who registered on eMigrate to work in the Gulf countries during last five years is follows:-
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S.No.
Name of Country
2016
2017
2018
2019
2020
1.
Kuwait
72384
56380
57613
45712
8107
2.
Qatar
30619
24759
34471
31810
8907
3.
Oman
63236
53332
36037
28392
7206
4.
Saudi Arabia
165355
78611
72399
161103
44316
5.
United Arab Emirates
163716
149962
112059
76112
17891
6.
Bahrain
11964
11516
9142
9997
4175
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(b) & (c) The revised Minimum Referral Wage (MRW) in Bahrain, Oman, UAE and Qatar has been fixed at USD 200. MRW in Saudi Arabia has been fixed at USD 324 and MRW in Kuwait has been fixed at USD 245 for work visa holders and USD 196 for Domestic Sector Workers.

At present, there is no proposal for further revision of the MRW, which was reviewed recently, inter-alia, in view of economic conditions, due to Covid-19.

(d) The number of labour complaints received by embassies in Gulf countries in the last three years is as follows:-

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S.No.
Name of Country
2018
2019
2020

1.
Kuwait
3287
5286
3772
2.
Qatar
3244
2896
1924
3.
Oman
3594
2984
1150
4.
Saudi Arabia
8271
7973
1945
5.
United Arab Emirates
2153
5286
1008
6.
Bahrain
734
836
674

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