Nepal’s labour migration trap


Malaysia-bound migrant workers at a Kathmandu-based facility, where their passports and fingerprints are scanned for Immigration and Security Clearance. ©Nepali Times

Experiences from other Asian countries show that people who have gone abroad to work can be reintegrated into the economies of their home countries but it’s a complex process that requires government leadership.

That’s one of the conclusions of the recent episode of my podcast, Nepal Now. I spoke with Bijaya Rai Shrestha of the Migrant Women Returnees Committee and Ramesh Sunam of Waseda University on a number of issues including:

  • domestic violence as a driver of labour migration of Nepali women
  • impacts of COVID19 on Nepali migration, including when and how it might resume
  • differences between labour migration to India and other countries.

Listen to the episode, The Labour Migration Trap, now on your podcast player or on the website.

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