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Indians in Maldives anxious and uncertain over future

The government has watered down the Maldives’ traditional ‘India- first’ foreign policy.Published 22 hours ago on August 26, 2018.Indian dentist Ibrahim Sayeed* has been living and working in the Maldives since 2016 and doesn’t want to return home anytime soon. Back in Kerala he would work for 12 hours a day and earn US$300 a month. In the Maldives he earns US$1,000 – as well as a commission per patient – for the same hours.“Life is good here,” he says, After Bangladesh, Indians are the second-biggest expat group in the Maldives. Nearly 21,000 of them work in the construction, hospitality, health and education sectors although their actual numbers are often said to be around 30,000, especially given the prevalence of human trafficking in the country.

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