India imposes protections for emigrant workers

New rules to stop abuses of domestic workers in Middle East
||Last Updated: 09/06/2007

In an attempt to curtail abuses by employers, India is going to impose tighter regulations for household workers going abroad.

Currently, there are 1.6 million Indians living and working in Saudi Arabia, of which more than 15,000 women work as maids.

Under the new restrictions, 18 countries including Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries will have to pay a $400 US monthly salary for emigrant workers and provide a $2,500 US security deposit in the form of a bank guarantee.