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Returning to India
Among Indians stranded overseas are techies, tourists and visitors, apart from the labourers in Gulf.
Since the first special Air India flight took off from London's Heathrow Airport for Mumbai on May 8, there have been eight routes to different Indian cities from the UK for Indian students and tourists.
MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Thursday described the mission as the largest and most complex exercise ever undertaken by the government for the repatriation of Indian nationals stranded overseas.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services receives about 1,00,000 green card applications from high-skilled applicants of Indian origin every year.
Around 1,500 blue collar workers from Tamil Nadu are among those who are using the amnesty to come back to the country.
V K Singh said presently, a section of Indian workers facing difficulties in two major Saudi companies -- Saudi Oger and the Saad Group -- are being brought back to India.
The meeting also decided to explore possibilities of setting up an industrial complex in Maharashtra to rehabilitate returnees, Pallykandi said.
South Sudan's capital is witnessing heavy fighting due to clashes between former rebels and government soldiers in several parts of the city.
The minister said the government has already set up an Indian Workers Resource Centre in Dubai and will set up two more in Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.
The trend of Indians returning from abroad to work here has picked up pace with the recovery in the country's economy.
There were about 10,000 Indians before the start of the serious strife between government troops and Sunni militants backed by al Qaeda in Iraq.
High costs, poor job prospects and wrangles over work permits are persuading a host of Indian students with foreign degrees to return home.
All passengers coming to India will have to fill in a new detailed customs form on their arrival from tomorrow.
The number of Indians who left during the grace period till October-end is 1,34,281, the Indian Embassy here said in a statement.
Asked whether Indians are being targeted abroad, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said, "One cannot make such a general statement."
In India, Mumbai has emerged as the most expensive city for expatriates and was ranked 118 in the Index. Last year Mumbai was ranked 114th on the list.
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