Report says people are now seeking permanent migration to countries with better health and education facilities
The Covid crisis that has engulfed India, with 27.36 million cases and 315,000 deaths as of Thursday, is experiencing an outbreak of people seeking to migrate to different regions of the world, according to a report from a major daily.
At least half a dozen visa and immigration service providers told the Economic time that there has been a 20 percent increase in queries in the past two months and that they expect the numbers to increase in the next few days.
“Applications are pouring in not only for usual destinations such as the United States, Canada and Australia, but also for Austria, Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus, Turkey and even St. Kitts and Nevis, ”the report says.
Before the pandemic, 90% of people wishing to emigrate gave reasons such as business expansion and tax policies for emigrating abroad. Citing a visa and immigration services consultant, the report says more middle-class people are now seeking permanent migration to countries with better health and education facilities.
Jyoti Mayal, chairman of the Association of Travel Agents of India, said applications for emigration came mainly from people working overseas and from relatives living alone in India.
A report last year found that 2% of India’s total wealthy individuals (or 7,000) had left the country in 2019. This would increase in 2021 as more people want to leave, according to the report.