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Migrant workers look for a final payment settlement after being laid off by the Binladin Group in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - photo by Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters
Thousands of Indian migrant workers in Saudi Arabia have lost their jobs and are now receiving food aid from the Indian government India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj says.

Most of the migrants were employed by Saudi construction companies who have been experiencing financial difficulties due to low global prices.

News reports in India say many of the workers have not been paid any wages for many months.

A junior government minister from India has been sent to Saudi Arabia to help bring back to India those workers who cannot afford airfare.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Indians seek employment outside of India in search of a better quality of life and better wages as laborers, electricians, drivers, etc.


Vocabulary

migrant workers - people who travel from one country to work in another country
food aid - free food and other financial help because someone is in need
employed - to be given a job by someone
construction company - a company that builds buildings, houses, etc.

financial difficulties - problems with money
airfare - the fee / price for a plane ticket
better quality of life - a healthier lifestyle that a country (government system) allows its citizens / people to have

wages - payment that someone receives (per hour of work)
laborers - people who do simple physical work as their job
electricians - people who work with wiring electricity in buildings, houses, etc.