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Watch: Coming To Malta, Working 14 Hour Days And Afraid Of Dying On The Roads – Indian Courier Reveals All

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An Indian courier has revealed the untold reality of people travelling from across the world to work in entry level jobs in modern Malta.

During an episode of Maltese podcast Single Handedly, hosts Nick and Thom ordered a cheeky food delivery – and when the courier showed up, they had the idea of spontaneously inviting him on the pod.

Next thing viewers knew, they were being given a first hand account of the trials and tribulations men from India face to work as food couriers in Malta…. if they are lucky. 

1. The Malta Route.

Gurri begins by explaining he’s been in Malta for one and a half years, and is from the Punjab region of India.

He lives in a three bedroom flat with two others in Bugibba, paying €575 between the three of them in rent, a situation he considers to be relatively high quality, with many others saying they are jealous of his rental situation.

Unexpectedly, Gurri goes into great detail about how third country nationals meet up with questionable agents in their country to come to countries like Malta or Dubai.

He spoke of an illegal travel route workers were offered, going from India to Dubai, where after 10 to 15 days there, the men would be placed in a “donkey” car with 15 others – en route to Serbia.

It’s a nonstop ride for nine hours, where you have one bottle of water for the entire trip and bathroom breaks aren’t allowed.

2. Family Commitments and Future Dreams. 

Gury continued to explain how he even had family members who spent over €40,000 to use this system to make it to the US – including his own brother.

When the hosts asked Gury if he wants them to remove the part about his brother, he said it was totally fine; “the US government already knows how he arrived”.

Now, his brother is making €4,000 a month in the US, Gury said.

Gury continues to break down other Indian and Nepali communities in other key countries, like Lisbon, Portugal, with detailed knowledge of the differences in visas, residence cards and associated taxes for each country.

“And why do we do this? Because our governments back home aren’t providing for us.”

He explained how he is saving around €1,200 a month for his future, working 13 to 14 hours a day, six days a week.

“As long as I’m getting good orders, I’ll work,” Gurri said clearly.

3. The India Situation

Gurri explained how poor the wages were in India, pointing out that it’s very competitive to even get a job – maybe – where workers can expect to make around just €100 a month.

And if you want to work in another job, you need to give a huge payout first to certain agents, with the idea being that “you’ll make the money back quickly enough”.

At one point in the pod, at around the 45 minute mark, Gurri needs to take a moment, seemingly overwhelmed going over all the details.

4. Coming to Malta the slow – and legal – way.

When asked why he decided to legally come to Malta, he explained that Malta provides a higher chance of getting out of his country.

“I chose this country because it is giving us the opportunity to come here in the legal way, other countries don’t provide this legal way, and if they do provide it, it costs a lot of money, and we could lose the money, its like a 50/50 chance we are accepted…”

“In Malta, it’s a much higher chance, when I applied for the visa I was very confident I would get it, and I did, and I’m happy to be working here in Malta.”

5. Overcoming Everything to Achieve Your Goals.

But the episode doesn’t just touch upon the obstacle-filled journey to become a worker in Malta – they speak about the beauty of Indian weddings and traditional relationships, Gurri’s own romantic relationship, and his dreams for the future.

And Gurri himself proved to be as wholesome as they come, providing positive feedback and support to Nick and Thom – saying that today they were interviewing him on the pod, and in one year they could be “interviewing Ronaldo or Messi”.

What did you make of Gurri’s eye-opening perspective? Sound off in the comments below

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Johnathan is an award-winning Maltese journalist interested in social justice, politics, minority issues, music and food. Follow him at @supreofficialmt on Instagram, and send him news, food and music stories at [email protected]

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