Post-lockdown, India’s workers don’t want return to adoptive cities

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Lockdown lows
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Lockdown lows

With the sudden announcement of a nationwide lockdown, the lives - and livelihoods - of many migrant workers went awry and all of them were stranded with no wages.

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Stuck
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Stuck

To add to workers’ woes, there was no way for them to go back to their families, and even when there was, not all of them could afford the journey.

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Ordeal
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Ordeal

Restless and powerless, many of them set for their homes on foot, many of them made it but many of them got in accidents and died of starvation along the way.

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Wage worries
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Wage worries

According to reports, nearly four out of every five workers were not paid by their employers, making their ordeal even worse that it already was.

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Point of no return
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Point of no return

According to the Stranded Workers Action Network, about 13% of 17,000 migrants they talked to said they would seek work in their home towns in the future, and in all probability not return to India’s employment hubs.

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