Category: Nepal

Lebanon Migrant Labor Nepal

Homes away from home

Female domestic workers in Lebanon cannot visit families back in Nepal because of a travel ban that prevents them from returning to well-paying jobs. Along with horror stories of abuse of female domestic workers, housemaids from Nepal here have a different worry – they cannot go back home for holidays because a Nepal government ban on female migrant […]

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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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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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Migrant Labor Nepal

Failed and exploited, Nepal migrant workers trapped in debt cycle – Amnesty

Nepali migrant workers are trapped in a vicious cycle of debt and exploitation due to a failure by authorities to crack down on recruitment firms that charge illegally high fees for jobs abroad, human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday. Wages sent back by an estimated four million Nepalis – mainly employed working in […]

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Malaysia Migrant Labor Nepal

Endless Deception: Undocumented Status Reinforces Workers’ Woes

Some hills in the Genting Highland look like the most remote part of Malaysia. Cut off from electricity and good transportation facilities, these desolate hills are home to Nepali migrants, mainly undocumented workers, who work as farmhands to eke out a living. Forty-one-year-old Top Chalami is one such worker. A permanent resident of Daga-Tumdada in Baglung district, […]

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Migrant Labor Nepal

Human Trafficking Continues Unabated as Victims Don’t File Cases

In the past four months alone, Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police rescued 81 women from India and other countries. They were victims of trafficking. However, police could neither identify the agents involved nor make any arrests. The reason – none of the victims filed cases against their traffickers. The CIB receives information on Nepali women trafficking victims who are stranded in various Indian cities through various contacts […]

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Malaysia Migrant Labor Nepal

Outsourcing Agencies and Agents Exploit Workers 

Roshan Bhatta looked hopeless during an encounter at the Nepalese embassy in Malaysia which is situated along Jalang Ampang road. Bhatta, an employee at a Rawang based company that produces paper bags, became undocumented after he continued to work in Malaysia without extending his visa after it expired two years ago. Bhatta, a resident of Basundhara-Kathmandu, wanted to return home to meet his sick mother. The process was proving much costlier than […]

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