15 lakh expats returned to Kerala amid COVID-19 pandemic

Kochi: In the 13 months since the onset of Covid-19, nearly 15 lakh people flew in from across the world to Kerala with 10.45 lakh of them stating loss of job as the reason for their return, a government data revealed.

A data by Airports Authority of India on international traffic from four international airports in Kerala stated that 27 lakh international passengers have flown out of Kerala in 12 months since May 2020, while a data compiled by the Department of Non-Resident Keralites Affairs (NORKA) says 14,63,176 people returned in this period.

Of them, 10,45,288 or over 70 percent reported having lost their jobs abroad.

Expatriates from four West Asian nations the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman accounted for 96 per cent of returnees, with 8.67 lakh people from UAE alone.

As many as 27.20 lakh passengers flew from the state’s four international airports namely Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Kannur between May 2020 and April 2021, AAI figures showed.



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