Virus and the migrant: India-Gulf region is second largest migration corridor, must not be blocked -S Irudaya Rajan & H Arokkiaraj
-The Indian Express
The government must take up this issue with the relevant authorities in Kuwait to facilitate the smooth return of Indians after the travel ban is lifted.
More than 100 countries across the world have reported coronavirus cases. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cancelled his visit to European countries because of the pandemic. The outbreak has affected people’s mobility, both within nations as well as travel across borders. Almost all countries in the Persian Gulf have stopped accepting migrants from India. Nearly 600 fishermen from India are stuck on the coronavirus-hit Kish island in Iran, which has requested the government of India to repatriate them. After the successful repatriation of Indians from the COVID-19 hit areas of China, the extradition of these fishermen could prove to be a major challenge for the Indian government.
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The Indian Express, 17 March, 2020, https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/coronavirus-india-covid-19-gulf-countries-6317541/?fbclid=IwAR15QDfTkxaJdWRSwu22oQCupV3jZ7_h4a9-CCZh0UJghxIDUVxgz2x6jcg