Category: Nepal

Migrant Labor Nepal

Who guards the guards?

SENTRY DUTY: After retiring from the Nepal Army, Dhan Singh Dhami worked in Afghanistan 2004-2015 as a security guard for an American contractor. He wanted to go back to Kabul, but is stuck in Kathmandu (overleaf) even after the ban on Nepalis working in Afghanistan was lifted last month.

Simplifying the recruitment process and easing restrictions will help Nepalis working in Afghanistan more than a blanket ban Dhan Singh Dhami could have been at his duty station as a security guard in Afghanistan by now, but a four-month ban on Nepalis working in the war-torn country delayed his plan. After the death of 13 […]

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Malaysia Migrant Labor Nepal

The Cycle of Migration

FOLLOWING FATHER: After his father Man Bahadur Limbu returned from Malaysia, 20-year-old Prakash Limbu went to work as a migrant worker.

Man Bahadur Limbu went to Malaysia in 2002, hoping to escape poverty and war. He worked in a factory for four years and was allowed to visit his family only once, in 2004. He endured the burden of a loan, inhuman working conditions and separation from family. Man Bahadur, a fifth-grade dropout, ploughed his savings […]

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Migrant Labor Nepal

Epicentre of trafficking

Long before the earthquake hit last year, the districts around Kathmandu were already hotbeds of trafficking Charimaya Tamang was just 16 when she was drugged, trafficked and sold into a brothel in India. She was rescued, and returned to Nepal in 1996. Twenty years later, Nepal has introduced multiple measures, most importantly the 1998 National […]

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Migrant Labor Nepal

राहतमा विभेद (Nepali)

वैदेशिक रोजगार विभागबाट श्रम स्वीकृत लिएर इसुवा साफी बिदा हुन धनुषाको नवाखोर पर्साई–२ स्थित घर पुग्छन् । कतार जान लागेका उनले जहाजको टिकट पनि लिइसकेका हुन्छन् । ३२ वर्षीय साफी घरमा भेटघाट गरेर काठमाडौं फर्किन ‘नाइट बस’ को टिकट पनि किन्छन् । राजधानी नफर्किंदै अचानक उनलाई घरमै ज्वरोले च्याप्छ । परिवारले उपचारका लागि छिमेकी दरभंगा […]

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Malaysia Migrant Labor Nepal

Illegal, ill-treated

Nepali workers are unlawfully forced to become ‘illegal’ by unscrupulous employers, recruiters and the government. When Malaysia launched a massive crackdown on illegal migrant workers in 2014, thousands of Nepalis without passports here were left with only two options: return home or get arrested. To return home without passports, Nepali workers would require travel documents. […]

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Migrant Labor Nepal

MOU on Employment Fund for Migrant Workers signed (Nepali)

वैदेशिक रोजगारमा रहेका कामदारलाई कर्मचारी सञ्चय कोषमा आबद्ध गर्न सञ्चय कोष र गैरआवासीय नेपाली संघ (एनआरएनए) बीच सझदारी पत्र (एमओयू) मा हस्ताक्षर भएको छ । हाल विचाराधीन अवस्थामा रहेको ‘कर्मचारी सञ्जय कोष ऐनलाई संशोधन गर्न बनेको विधेयक’ पारित भएपछि वैदेशिक रोजगारमा कार्यरत कामदार कोषमा समेटिने छन् । सञ्चय कोषको मुख्यालय पुल्चोकमा आयोजित कार्यक्रममा कोषका प्रशासक […]

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Despite Labour Laws, South Asian Workers Suffer in Jordan’s Billion Dollar Industries

South Asian workers from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh working in Jordanian garment factories in Dhulail Industrial City. Courtesy: Rina Mukherji.

Unlike other countries in West Asia, Jordan lacks petrodollars. In 1996, an agreement with the US gave the country preferential duty-free and quota-free access to the American market. This was the first such agreement the US ever had with an Arab nation and saw the establishment of Qualifying Industrial Zones (QIZ) – essentially, industrial zones created […]

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Malaysia Migrant Labor Nepal

Hounded out of Malaysia

LEAVING IN DROVES: Nepali migrant workers queuing up for flights to Kathmandu at Kuala Lumpur International Airport last week.

Among the factors dissuading Nepalis from working in Malaysia is widespread harassment and robberies by locals After getting his boarding pass for a Kathmandu-bound plane, Basanta Basnet, 22, looked relaxed at Kuala Lumpur airport last week. He was going home after four years in Malaysia. When asked if he plans to return, he replied firmly: […]

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