With husbands or fathers either at large or facing charges related to financial crimes, many women and children are at the mercy of welfare organisations.
Social workers told XPRESS that families impacted by financial woes are forced to stay back because of unfavourable situations in their home countries. They choose to weather it out in the host country despite repatriation offers from NGOs and social organisations.
"Many of them have borrowed heavily from relatives or loan sharks in
Fathima, a 28-year-old Indian mother, describes her plight as being "between the devil and the deep sea." Her husband has been serving a jail term in
"My husband has mortgaged our ancestral property in
roughing it out
Her husband has another six months to finish his prison term.
She said she stays with a relative in Mussafah, and babysits two children to meet expenses.
The number of expatriates falling into the debt trap of bank loans and credit cards in the
Manikandan, (name changed on request) who ran an electro-mechanical shop in
"I served a jail term of 11 months from
Welfare organisations have been coming to the aid of families whose breadwinners are in jail.
"They belong to families who are caught in a debt trap. Their sponsors are either in jail or reported absconding by banks," said Kumar.
"Our first concern is to help these children continue their education in
The welfare committee has set up a fund of Dh1 million to repatriate families of Indian expats who are knee-deep in debt.
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