Paradise lost: The exodus from Gulf10 min read 17 May 2020, 10:05 PM IST
Over ₹1 trillion flows into Kerala as remittances from West Asia each year. Will covid-19 change everything?
Whether they will return to the Gulf is uncertain as of now. Past shocks have been blips in the steady exchange of migrants and money. Will covid-19 leave more permanent scars?
ERNAKULAM/KOCHI : When Shibu Mathew, a 39-year-old draftsman who used to be based in Abu Dhabi until recently, walked up the air stairs of an Air India Express plane over a week ago, he thought he was entering some strange new realm: an afterlife. After more than a dozen years in that ultimate refuge to the Malayalee mind—the Gulf—the exit was sudden.
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