Migrant Labor Nepal

Alliance with airlines can make migration safer

A group of Nepali migrant workers in Malaysia collecting funds to financially support a fellow Nepali who was injured in an accident. Pic: Upasana Ghimire

The Kotaraya quarter of the Malaysian capital comes alive on Sundays when Nepali migrant workers gather here to celebrate their hard-earned day off. The neighbourhood has over 65 Nepali restaurants, shops, remittance and travel agencies selling airline tickets catering to the Nepali diaspora population. A lot has been said about Nepali migrant workers propping up […]

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Migrant Labor Nepal

Ban the ban

Barring Nepali women from working as housemaids in the Gulf is both unenforceable and harmful After high profile cases of abuse of Nepali domestics, the government has banned women from migrating for domestic work since early 2017. But outlawing it has driven recruitment underground, increasing the exploitation and risk for Nepali women. Women are still […]

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India Migrant Labor

Homeward bound

It is estimated that over the next few years a large number of Indian labourers will head back home because of economic downturn and political upheavals in West Asian countries. Rehabilitating them will be a big challenge for the Central and State governments. The end is nowhere in sight to the fighting in Yemen, one […]

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Migrant Labor Nepal

Flight to Nowhere

Nepali migrant workers on their way to the Gulf (Amantha Perera)

I’ll call him Kasendra. He is sitting next to me in a packed, sweaty room at the Kathmandu Airport, in one of those uncomfortable iron seats mounted on metal bars. He is clutching a transparent light blue plastic folio and reading the contents within, without taking the documents out.   The documents are from a manpower agency in Kathmandu and […]

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