KATHMANDU, March 19: Labor, Employment, and Social Security Minister Dol Prasad Aryal has instructed the officials concerned to provide data on the status of Nepali workers held in prisons and hospitals abroad during the course of foreign employment.

KATHMANDU, March 13: Despite the government's ban, Nepali women continue to engage in illegal domestic work abroad, resorting to illicit processes and routes. This has exacerbated issues of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Since 2073 BS, Nepal has prohibited sending women for domestic work abroad.

KATHMANDU, Feb 19: The tradition of the recruitment of Gorkha Soldiers locally known as 'Lahure' in Nepali society is about two hundred years old. Nepalis currently working abroad are, in one way or another, giving continuity to the same Lahure tradition.

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Young individuals are venturing into labor abroad after obtaining work permits from the government in pursuit of good income. Each year, millions of youths seek employment opportunities overseas due to the lack of job opportunities domestically.

KATHMANDU, Feb 15: Young individuals, cheated during foreign employment and seeking justice from the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE), have little hope for a resolution. About 800 victims have filed complaints in various sections of the DoFE against Bikas Waiba and Sujan Tamang, who duped them with promises of foreign employment. Bikas Waiba and Sujan Tamang are the same individuals who utilized social media platforms to cheat many unsuspecting victims.

KATHMANDU, Feb12: A woman from Jhapa who reached Kuwait for foreign employment returned within four months. An agent close to her friend facilitated her journey to Kuwait, promising lucrative employment opportunities at a reputable company.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: More than 343,000 individuals received work permits from the government for foreign employment in the first half of the current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, Jan 17: Along with the surge in the number of Nepalis going abroad for employment, the death toll of Nepali youth is also increasing. According to the Foreign Employment Board (FEB), 539 individuals have lost their lives during foreign employment till the end of Paush (by mid-January) in the current fiscal year.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: After returning from foreign employment, the economic status of the returnee migrant workers, which should be relatively improved, seems to be still at risk. A study found that they are at a greater financial risk after returning to their home country.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: The number of Nepalis leaving for foreign employment after the festive season has increased rapidly.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: The police have arrested an individual who fled to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by defrauding 83 people on the pretext of attractive salary for foreign employment.

KATHMANDU, Dec 19: Sunil Kumar Mohato, 28, a resident of Barahathawa, Sarlahi, returned to Nepal after working in Malaysia for eight years. He is leaving home on Wednesday to go to Malaysia again for five years with a dream of building his own house.

KATHMANDU, Dec 17: The age limit imposed by the government to ensure the safety of women migrant workers for domestic work during foreign employment has created many challenges. These restrictions have compelled women to choose illegal routes, exposing them to the risk of human trafficking rather than providing protection.

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: Two new initiatives leveraging digital technologies have been launched in support of migrants and their families. The pardesi.org.np website, serving as an integrated platform for safe migration information in Nepal, and training resources for migrants regarding the safe, wise, and private usage of digital tech (in the six main languages of Nepal), were unveiled during a special function held on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 8: Young people willing to go to Korea for foreign employment are demanding that the quota for 2024 be opened in 2024 instead of now. To get this demand of theirs addressed, they initiated a protest on Tuesday, which lasted for four days, concluding on Friday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Aspiring to work abroad? Seeking information on the recruitment process? More often than not, individuals seek agents and manpower companies for guidance, bypassing government agencies. This inclination raises the question: why isn't the government the first point of inquiry?

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: Gender and sexual minorities have to suffer abuse in foreign employment as well. A 40-year-old Sunita Lama is one of the victims of such abuse. Although biologically born a male, Sunita considers herself a woman. She prefers to be known as Sunita. While going for foreign employment, she changed to a male identity.

KATHMANDU, Dec 2: The police have arrested three individuals in separate incidents related to fraudulent promises of foreign employment. A man and two women are facing charges for deceiving people with assurances of overseas job opportunities in Serbia, Malta, and Croatia.

JHAPA, Nov 26: Gopal Ghimire, 37, of Mechinagar Municipality-6, who went missing in Malaysia in the course of foreign employment 18 years ago, has returned home after being rescued.

KATHMANDU, Nov 4: The latest data shows that the number of people who go abroad for foreign employment is the highest in Dhanusha district. From the beginning of the current fiscal year (FY) 2023/24 till Ashoj (mid-September to mid-October), a total of 7,822 people went to work abroad from Dhanusha.

KATHMANDU, Oct 2: In the month of Shrawan (mid-July to mid-August 2023), Nepal received the all-time high remittance inflow. Nepali migrant workers sent a total of Rs 116.2 billion in remittances through official channels.

KATHMANDU, Sept 11: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is holding a comprehensive discussion with the Nepali ambassadors in the destination countries to make foreign employment orderly, dignified and safe.

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: In the fiscal year 2079/80 BS (2022/23), Nepal witnessed an influx of remittances, averaging over 100 billion monthly. According to the annual data of last year released by Nepal Rastra Bank on Friday, a total of Rs 1.2 trillion was received in remittances till mid-July. In the last fiscal year, remittances surged by 21.2 percent compared to the previous year.

SURKHET, Aug 10: The number of people going for foreign employment has been increasing in Karnali Province in recent periods.

KATHMANDU, Aug 6: A total of 3,663 foreign nationals arrived in Nepal on working visas in one year.

KATHMANDU, July 28: As many as 83 Nepali youths who traveled to Kuwait on November 3, 2022, in search of foreign employment have found themselves in dire straits. Their passports were seized by their employers upon arrival, leaving them trapped and unable to return home or work in the foreign land. Adding to their misery, these workers have not received any salary for the past six months.

KATHMANDU, July 4: More than 740,000 individuals received government permits for foreign employment as of Sunday, with less than 15 days left for the fiscal year 2022/23 to complete.

TRIBENI, June 28: Twenty-eight migrant workers from Nawalparasi (Bardaghat Susta east) Nawalpur have died in the course of employment in foreign lands.

KATHMANDU, June 19: Police have arrested a person on the charge of defrauding money by making a false promise to find lucrative employment in Qatar.

KATHMANDU, June 9: An average of one billion remittances per month has started coming from the current financial year. In the first 10 months of the current fiscal year 2022/23, remittances equal to an average of Rs 1.05 trillion have been received.

KATHMANDU June 8: When it comes to foreign employment, cases of Nepalis cheating fellow Nepalis are growing day by day. Foreign employment is a compulsion for many Nepali youths. Many people take advantage of this compulsion to exploit them.

KATHMANDU, June 4: The government is making preparations to open foreign employment for aspiring migrant workers in all countries with which it has diplomatic relations. The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MoLESS) is doing its homework to open up foreign employment even in Iraq, a lucrative destination for security workers. Until now, the government has banned work permits for  Iraq but Nepalis have been going to the Gulf country through illegal channels.

KATHMANDU, May 24: The death toll of Nepali youth who have gone abroad for foreign employment has been increasing every year. There is no opportunity for employment in the country. Likewise huge human casualties of Nepalis going to work abroad are reported every year.

KATHMANDU, May 21: In the 10 months of the current financial year 2022/23, the number of people going abroad for foreign employment has exceeded 660,000.

KATHMANDU, April 27: The police have arrested a young man on the charge of swindling various people out of Rs 1.3 million by making fake promises to send them to Portugal.

KATHMANDU, April 20: The number of people going abroad for foreign employment has exceeded 600,000 in the current Fiscal Year that began in mid-July.

KATHMANDU, April 15: The trend of Nepali nationals, aspiring to work in foreign countries on visit visas, being returned back from Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) is on the rise.

KATHMANDU, March 20: Although the government has announced that it will provide employment opportunities within the country by ending forced foreign employment, more than 61,000 people have taken work permits to go to foreign employment between mid-February and mid-March.

KATHMANDU, March 16: The government has removed the provision of two-year in issuing labor permits for foreign employment. The provision was removed by a Prime-Ministerial decision, according to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security.

KATHMANDU, Feb 22: In the first seven months of the current fiscal year 2022/23, nearly 500,000 youths have gone abroad for foreign employment.

Fraud on the rise in foreign employment

November 27, 2022 13:15 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 27: With the increase in the number of people seeking foreign employment from Nepal, the cases of fraud in this sector have also increased. From July to October of the current financial year, 1,148 individuals and institutions have filed complaints related to fraud in foreign employment. According to the People's Forum for Human Rights, 1,077 men and 141 women were among those who filed the complaints.

KATHMANDU, Nov 4: The Securities Board of Nepal (SEBON) has implemented the 'Securities Issuance and Allotment (Sixth Amendment) Guideline, 2079 BS' with the aim of allowing the Nepalis employed abroad to enter the stock market back home. With the new Guideline in place, Nepalis who are employed abroad can easily invest in initial public offerings (IPOs).

Nepal and the UAE established diplomatic relations in 1977. The bilateral cooperation between the two countries has since increased manifolds. While the UAE is the fourth largest trading partner of Nepal, this Middle Eastern nation is also one of the popular destinations of Nepali migrant workers. The two countries also share common views on significant global issues ranging from renewable energy, climate change to world peace and fight against terrorism both as a member of the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement at the multilateral level. Against this context, Republica's Kosh Raj Koirala talked to UAE Ambassador to Nepal, Saeed Hamdan Al Naqbi, to understand the current state of bilateral relations between Nepal and the UAE, potential areas of cooperation and ways to further promote bilateral relations between the two countries. Excerpts:

Nepalis longing to return home must not waste time waiting for a better time, better economy, or better government. They must accept their native country as it is now and bet on the potential of the country. If we do not believe in the future of our own country, then why would any foreign investor do so?

KATHMANDU, August 1: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Sher Bahadur Kunwar has said he will work to make the foreign employment sector further well-managed and dignified.

CHITWAN, July 24: More than two and a half billion rupees enter Nepal every day in the form of remittances. According to Nepal Rastra Bank data, youths who have gone for foreign employment have been sending 2 billion 745 million rupees to Nepal daily.

KATHMANDU, July 16: Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) has said that the number of workers going abroad has increased by 3.68 times in the fiscal year 2021/22.

KATHMANDU, July 6: World's biggest IT Company in Malaysia is to employ Nepali workers at zero cost.

KATHMANDU, June 3: Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Kumar Shrestha has said the government will embrace a zero tolerance policy against frauds taking place in the name of foreign employment.

KATHMANDU, May 7: The Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) has filed cases against a number of individuals and consultancies which have been found embezzling large amounts of money from foreign job aspirants.