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Apr

Virus traps, sickens foreign labourers in Gulf Arab states

Published in Dawn on April 23, 2020 Long a lifeline for families back home, migrant workers in oil-rich Gulf Arab states now find themselves trapped by the coronavirus pandemic, losing jobs, running out of money and desperate to return to their home countries as Covid-19 stalks their labour camps. Whether on the island of Bahrain, hidden in […]

19

Apr

Migrants face full force of UK’s corona crisis

By Adnan Mahood Published in The News on  April 19, 2020 Illegal immigrants from Pakistan have even become more vulnerable on account of the economic downturn resulting from coronavirus Even though no exact figures are available, UK government agencies estimate that there are around a million illegal migrants in the UK. Independent estimates put the number even[…]

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Apr

State Bank of Pakistan raises margins on remittances

By Salman Siddiqui Published in The Express Tribune, April 16th, 2020. KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has increased profit margins of international and domestic commercial banks and currency dealers on brining workers’ remittances through legal channels apparently to mitigate the risk of a striking drop in the foreign currency inflows and to better manage foreign exchange[…]