First migrant resource centre opened at Kochi

December 15th, 2008 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Kochi, Dec 15 (IANS) Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi Monday opened the country’s first ever migrant resource centre here. Inaugurating the office, Ravi said the centre would provide a helping hand to all those who are getting ready to work abroad.

“Such people can approach this office and get all the vital information regarding their job and they can clear their doubts on all aspects with regards to their employment,” said Ravi.

This centre is attached to the the emigration office here, and the minister said similar centres would be opened across the country.

Kerala now has more than two million of its people settled abroad, with close to 90 percent of them working in the Middle East. Over the years, the remittances made by them have kept the state economy afloat.

Last fiscal Kerala received Rs.245.25 billion (Rs.24,525 crore) in remittance, which is about 20 percent of the net state domestic product and 30 percent more than the state’s annual receipts.

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