Survey reveals significant decline in number of Keralites migrating abroad in 2016

The figures are also worrying considering the fact that the state receives an estimated Rs 1 trillion in remittances every year from Malayalis working overseas.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 14, 2017 5:42 pm
kerala, kerala migrants, kerala-overseas, kerala-gulf, kerala remittance, declining migration overseas, cds, india news, indian express A lot of Keralites migrate to oil-abundant West Asian countries like Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates. (REUTERS/File Photo)

Compared to 2014, a significant decline in the number of people going overseas for work from Kerala has been registered last year, according to a report in the Mint newspaper. Around 2.25 million Malayalis migrated to foreign nations in 2016, a drop of 154,320 from 2014, as per the initial draft of a survey conducted by Centre for Development Studies (CDS), based in Thiruvananthapuram. The figures mark a fundamental shift in a pattern set by the coastal state since the last 50 years.

According to the report, this is the first time the number has gone down since CDS started conducting the migration survey in 1998. The figures are also worrying considering the fact that the state receives an estimated Rs 1 trillion in remittances every year from Malayalis working overseas. Most of them reside in oil-abundant West Asian countries like Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates.

Out of Kerala’s 30 million population, around 10 percent live overseas and the remittances they send play a pertinent role in the state’s economy. It has also been considered as one of the primary reasons behind the state’s unusually high ranking on human development indices — which is on a level with some of the developed nations despite significant unemployment. The report also suggested that last year’s drop in crude oil prices dealt a severe blow to the state’s economy.

“The migration has been declining for some time. We expect the remittances to decline likely by 10% going ahead every year,” Irudaya Rajan, a CDS economist who led the survey, was quoted as saying by the Mint. Reflecting further on Kerala’s dwindling migration to overseas, he listed decline in wages and rising job insecurity as other reasons behind the waning interest of Malayalis to travel overseas.“In two months’ time, we will present the full report. But we don’t expect the numbers to change much in the final estimate,” he said.

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    Jack.of.all.arts.Modi
    Jun 14, 2017 at 9:10 pm
    Hail Modi. He has created about a 10million jobs by FAKING IN INDIA!
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      Guru
      Jun 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm
      A ton of Keralites have already migrated to many parts of the world, much more than most of these guys can find statistics for. Keralites will survive anywhere and under any conditions, so there will be no dearth of opportunities for such people.
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        Anad
        Jun 14, 2017 at 7:21 pm
        Kerala govt under the criminal party CPM has created jobs for butchers under its rehabilitation programme and give good package for good butchers with minimum 51 cuts on opponents.They will ensure that there will be a minimum 180 days assured victims for each party sponsored butcher
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          Jai hind
          Jun 14, 2017 at 8:17 pm
          Butchers are created equally from both parties ... So let the state government provide pension for CPM butchers and central government for RSS butchers ... It's true political killing is more here ,but compared to the crime done by other states it's very less .coz in other states people are interested in rapin looting honour killing ,cow vigilante killing ,fake encounter killing ,farmer killing ... Etc .so with such a varieties if crime they are far above Kerala n crime stats 😁 .... And I always wondered why BJP in Kerala always playing victim game when killing score sheet is equally balanced ... ..
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            Antony
            Jun 14, 2017 at 11:48 pm
            Playing victim is the strategy followed by RSS using paid trolls ! they just cant tell the world that they also killed 54 CPM workkers cold blooded !typical RSS deception so that rest of india thinks that hindus are murdered in kerala!
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          manu
          Jun 14, 2017 at 6:39 pm
          now Kerala government will have to start working
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