Mumbai: Migration of Indian workers looking for employment opportunities in the Gulf saw a decline by 62 per cent as of 2018, stated a statistics from e-Migrate emigration clearance data. In 2014, the five-year outflow of Indian workers to the Gulf country stood at 7.76 lakh. Emigration clearances granted to Indian workers looking for employment opportunities in the Gulf have reduced by 21 per cent, as of November 30, 2018. The figures were recorded to be 2.95 lakh Indian workers in a span of 11 months as of 2018 when compared to the previous year.
According to the figures, 2,94,837 clearances were granted up to November 30, 2018, to the workers, who hold emigration check required (ECR) passports. In 2017, 3,74,324 emigration clearances were granted, while the number of clearances was 5,07,274 in 2016 and 7,60,738 in 2015. In 2014, 7,75,845 clearances were given to ECR passport-holding workers in the Gulf countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.