Posted by: cochinblogger | July 29, 2009

Nurses for Saudi Arabia

Keralites migrate to the four corners of the world in search of work. The Gulf has traditionally been the favorite destination, but you will find an enterprising Keralite in every country, in every town. Nurses have been an important component of this migration. Malayalee nurses are renowned for their efficiency, and hence are greatly sought after all over the world. Many return to Kerala to marry and then take their husbands with them to their country of work. (Often, these husbands are unemployable, which is another story.) The remittances such migrants send back home are important for the economy of Kerala.

One morning I was surprised to see, early in the morning, a big crowd spilling into the road outside a swanky new hotel.

And this is the reason. Not the most attractive destination in the world for women, but as they say, money talks.

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