UAE has emerged as the top destination for Indian job seekers immigrating to the Gulf leaving behind Saudi according to immigration clearance data for Q1 and Q2 for 2017. UAE has taken over Saudi Arabia by a huge margin leaving behind the conventional Gulf destination for Indian job seekers.
In Q1 and Q2 2017, around 74, 778 Indian job seekers received UAE immigration authorization out of the total 1.84 lakh. This was 40% of the total clearances of immigration to UAE. On the other hand just 32, 995 Indian job seekers immigrated to Saudi Arabia which was just 18%, as quoted by the Times of India.
The third place was occupied by Oman with 30, 413 immigrants which were 16% of the migration to Gulf. In 2016 the third place was taken by Kuwait.
In terms of state-wise statistics, Bihar took over Uttar Pradesh as the top source of immigration to the Gulf for the 2017 Q1and Q2. 35, 807 of the total immigrants to Gulf were from Bihar which was 19.5%. On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh came at the second place with 33, 043 immigrants which were 18%.
However, in 2015 out of the total 7.58 lakh immigrants from India to Gulf, 31% were from Uttar Pradesh and mere 14% from the Bihar state. The chief factor for this change in ranking is the decrease in immigrants from the Uttar Pradesh to Saudi Arabia in the first six months of 2017.
Out of the total immigrant figure in 2015 with 3.06 lakh, 1.28 lakh immigrants to Saudi Arabia were from Uttar Pradesh which was 42%. The total immigrants to Saudi Arabia fell to 1.65 lakh in 2016 out of which 36% immigrants were from Uttar Pradesh.
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