Saturday, May 02, 2020

150,000 Indians in UAE register to fly home during coronavirus pandemic

Dubai: More than 150,000 Indians in the UAE have registered to fly home during the coronavirus pandemic, as per the latest figures with the e-registration launched by the Indian missions here.

“As of 6pm on Saturday, we received more than 150,000 registrations,” Consul General of India in Dubai, Vipul told Gulf News on Saturday.

A quarter of them want to return to their homeland after losing their jobs, he said.

“About 40 percent of the applicants are workers and 20 per cent are professionals. Overall, 25 percent have cited job-loss as the reason for leaving the country.”

About 10 percent of the applicants are visit/tourist visa holders who were stranded after the flight suspension and lockdown in India. The rest of the applicants include those with medical emergencies, pregnant women and students, Vipul said.

The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Indian Consulate in Dubai on Wednesday night began the e-registration for forming the database of their citizens wishing to fly home through the link

While there are Indians registering to return to various states, the Consul-General said 50 per cent of the applicants are from the state of Kerala.

Meanwhile, the government of Kerala on Saturday said the total number of registrations it received from Malayalis living across the world reached 398,000.
02/04/20 Sajila Saseendran/Gulf News
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