As the Greek parliament approved a multi-billion euro asset sale that prompted headlines of Greece, a nation for sale, nearly 2,000 Indians working in various sectors have left the beleaguered country amid riots and major job losses.
The assets for sale include 39 airports, 850 ports, railways, motorways, sewage works, two energy companies, banks, thousands of acres of land, casinos and the national lottery.
Nearly 2,000 Indians have left Greece in recent weeks, according to Madhur Gandhi, a shipping businessman in Athens and president of an Indian community organisation.
Indians are among many south Asians who have left Greece in recent weeks.
Gandhi told BBC Hindi: "Lots of factories and shops were closed and our people lost jobs. Agriculture workers were also affected but most seriously affected were the construction workers. About 1,000-2,000 Indians have gone back to India."