KATHMANDU, Dec 8: Every day, nearly 3000 young people go abroad for foreign employment, according to the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE). The number of Nepali youths going for foreign employment has been on the rise in recent times.
DoFE Director Krishna Prasad Bhusal said that the number of people going abroad is increasing every day due to the lack of employment in the country.
Bhusal said that among the 2,660 people who went for foreign employment on 27th of November this year, 2,398 were men and 262 women. Similarly, of the 3,195 people who left the country 28th of November, 2,856 were men and 339 women. Out of the 2,286 people who left on 29th of November, 2,733 were men and 213 women. On 30th of November, 2,363 men and 239 went abroad in search of employment.
According to Bhusal, since the demand for Nepali workers from abroad has started to increase, the number of people taking labor permits and flying for foreign jobs has also started to increase. Around 2,000 people are receiving the approval to go abroad with physical presence in the office while some 800 youths are getting the approval online. DoFE officials say that this number shows that the demand for Nepali workers in labor destination countries is increasing. DoFE Director Bhusal said that foreign manufacturing industries are demanding a high number of workers from Nepal.
Bhusal said that this number has increased due to the disruption of foreign employment for a long time because of the COVID-19 pandemic and shrinking employment opportunities at home. “Due to COVID-19, restrictions were imposed in some destination countries for about two years. Moreover, there are not enough job opportunities in the country. Due to this, the trend of youths going abroad for employment has increased now as the COVID-19 situation is much better," he said.
Similarly, Deepak Dhakal, another official of the foreign employment department, informed Republica that the number of people going abroad for employment has increased, so the remittance flow into the country is also increasing. “Generally, a person starts sending remittances from the third month after starting working abroad. He/she will put the earnings of the first and second months into his management and start sending some amount home from the third month. Those who have trouble finding work after going abroad said that they could not send money,” he said.
According to the statistics of the last financial year, it seems that most Nepali people went as laborers. Similarly, Bhusal said that many Nepalis go abroad as cleaning workers, factory workers, domestic workers, construction sector workers and security guards.
Statistics show that people who go abroad not through manpower companies but through individual efforts also go abroad to work as waiters, cooks, and consultants. Recent statistics show that the UAE is the country where most of these young Nepalis are going for employment.