[Marxism] AP: Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts
shalva.eliava at outlook.com
Wed Jun 1 17:48:56 MDT 2016
"Gulf countries like Qatar largely don't have bankruptcy laws, leaving
laid-off workers on the hook for huge outstanding sums while often
banned from traveling outside of the country. That leaves many
unemployed begging friends and family for help while frantically selling
off all their belongings. Others have killed themselves out of
Suicides also affect those coming to Gulf countries for work as
laborers, taxi drivers and other low-paying jobs. They often pay
recruiters back home in Asia or Africa huge sums that take several years
to pay off.
India, one of the main countries supplying low-paid workers to the
Gulf, saw at least 541 of its citizens kill themselves in the United
Arab Emirates in the last three years, according to government
statistics offered to parliament in December. At least 337 Indians died
in suspected suicides in Saudi Arabia during the same period, while
other Gulf countries saw annual suicide numbers in the double digits.
In Qatar, 21 Indians alone killed themselves in 2015. The deaths continue into this year."
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