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Gulf migrant workers face crisis of unpaid wages amid pandemic

Unscrupulous employers have exploited chaotic coronavirus mass repatriations to avoid paying migrant workers.

The double blow of low oil prices and the coronavirus crisis has already pushed over half a million migrant workers out of Arab Gulf states, figures compiled by Al-Monitor show.

Returned to their countries of origin in haste, migrant workers whose wages have not been paid are unable to defend their rights in the Gulf’s courts of justice. Their embassies have come under criticism for largely refusing to document grievances before repatriation.

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