As husbands make money abroad, Goan women find themselves lonely

June 8th, 2009 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, June 8 (IANS) A study conducted among women in Goa whose husbands work abroad has revealed that even though these families are well off, the problem of loneliness and the responsibility of being a single parent has given rise to social problems.
The study found that the state had 56,000 emigrants.

This finding was published in the Goa Migration Study, a joint project by the state government’s office of the commissioner for non-resident Indian affairs, the union ministry of overseas Indian affairs and the Centre for Development Studies (CDS) here.

The study was done among 6,000 sample households in 60 localities selected at random from both rural and urban areas of 11 talukas of the two districts of Goa.

S. Irudaya Rajan of the CDS and a key member of the study told IANS today that loneliness occupies the number one position, both among young women (below 30 years) and women above the age of 30.

“Another issue for them is the burden of added responsibilities at home in the absence of their husbands and also insecurity. Incidentally, one out of 10 women also felt that bringing up children alone was difficult. While these people are financially well off and enjoy a better quality of life, they are socially isolated, lonely, and burdened with additional responsibilities,” said Rajan.

The study also found that the Goan diaspora was settled in 43 countries. Fifty six percent are in the Middle East. Another 13 percent are in Europe, 11 percent are in South and South East Asia, and 10 percent are in North America. Nearly seven percent of the state’s emigrants are working aboard ships.

With regards to the age profile, 62 percent of the emigrants leave Goa at the prime working age between 20-39.

Fifty eight percent of the emigrants have a minimum of secondary level education compared to 28 percent among the general population.

Among the emigrants, the females are better educated than the males. Thirty six percent of the female emigrants are graduates compared to just 26 percent of the male emigrants.

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