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.

KATHMANDU, April 26: A team led by Labor, Employment and Social Security Minister Krishna Kumar Shrestha is going to Malaysia on Wednesday. According to the ministry, the minister is going there on a four-day visit to Malaysia at the invitation of Malaysia's Human Resources Minister Sarvanan Murugan.

KATHMANDU, April 13: Ambassador of South Korea to Nepal, Park Chong-suk, on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Krishna Kumar Shrestha at the ministry in Singha Durbar.

KATHMANDU, March 12: More than 200,000 Nepali citizens have gone abroad in search of jobs in the first seven months of the current fiscal year beginning mid-July. The number of Nepalis seeking final labor permits (institutional and individual-new and legalized) for foreign employment has increased significantly.

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: The government will provide free RT-PCR tests for COVID-19 to all Nepali nationals going for foreign employment. The Ministry of Health and Population has made a ministerial decision to provide free RT-PCR testing to the migrant workers.

KATHMANDU, Feb 11: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Kumar Shrestha has said that the government is committed to making foreign employment safe and more fruitful.

KATHMANDU, Feb 6: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Kumar Shrestha has directed the Department of Foreign Employment to address the grievances of the victims of foreign employment in a timely manner.

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security has established a call center and foreign employment complaints hearing room at its office. Inaugurating the call center, Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Krishna Kumar Shrestha expressed his commitment to bring any organization or individual who tries to leave any Nepali citizen stranded during foreign employment under the ambit of action as per the prevailing law and give justice to the victims.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Krishna Kumar Shrestha has said that the government will take action against the foreign employment entrepreneurs who leave Nepali citizens stranded abroad on visit visa.

KATHMANDU, Jan 28: The statistics of the National Census 2021 report shows that the number of women migrating to foreign countries in the past decade has increased by 71 percent. The report indicates that the development of information and technology is a major factor behind it.

KATHMANDU, Dec 25: The government has started administering Johnson & Johnson vaccines from various hospitals in Kathmandu giving priority to those going abroad for work.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: The government has formed a rapid response team to check possible irregularities in the foreign employment sector.

KATHMANDU, Dec 16: Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Krishna Kumar Shrestha has warned of taking stern actions against those duping innocent people in the name of foreign employment.

Doti, Dec 13: Many people go to India for work from various districts of the Far Western Province every year. However, the number of them going missing there has increased over the years and it has become a matter of concern.

KATHMANDU, Dec 11: Workers going to Korea for employment under the Nepal-Korea government agreement have to bear the cost of hotel quarantine by themselves.

KATHMANDU, Dec 9: The government is trying to find an alternative to the ‘free visa, free ticket’ system for foreign employment, saying neither the government nor those going abroad has been able to benefit from the system.

KATHMANDU, Dec 2: The government is set to provide up to Rs 1.5 million in legal aid to those Nepali migrant workers who have legal issues in their host countries.

KATHMANDU, Nov 28: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Kumar Shrestha has said that the government is in the process to introduce a program to ensure reintegration of those returning home from abroad in society.

KATHMANDU, Nov 22: The government has said it is initiating a process to send 10,000 nurses to the United Kingdom amid growing concerns about alternative employment opportunities in countries other than the Gulf and Malaysia.

KATHMANDU, Nov 21: Around 55,000 job seekers went for foreign employment in one month during mid-October and mid-November amid an increasing demand for migrant workers abroad.

KATHMANDU, OCT 13: Israel has made public the list of 1,175 Nepalese shortlisted for employment in the country.

LONDON, Oct 2: Vice President of the Non Resident Nepali Association (NRNA), Dr Badri KC has said that the Middle East is the heart of the NRNA campaign.

In South Korea, unlike other countries, employers pay migrant workers equal to Korean workers. On average, per month, Nepali workers earn 1500 to 2200 USD. In 2020, at minimum, their earnings grossed 8590 Won (roughly 7.5 USD) per hour for 40 hours a week.  In 2021, the hourly minimum wage has already been increased to 8720 Won. During additional hours and holidays, workers receive even higher wages.

KATHMANDU, August 5: The bodies of 24 Nepalis who died in Malaysia during employment were brought to Nepal a week ago. The bodies had been stranded in Malaysia for some time due to the limited regular flights following the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foreign Employment Board has stated that the bodies were brought after a wide body aircraft was sent for the purpose.

KATHMANDU, May 6: The Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) has decided to suspend issuing work permits to foreign job seekers with effect from Friday.

KATHMANDU, Feb 26: Bheri Overseas Manpower has been found to have swindled youths out of Rs 300 million, promising them lucrative jobs abroad. The manpower has run a fraudulent business by luring more than 150 people claiming to send them to various European countries and Afghanistan.

KARNALI, Feb 18: The global pandemic of coronavirus is still highly prevalent. Some countries have taken tough lockdown measures to contain possible spread of the virus.

KATHMANDU, Feb 8: Although the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic is being minimized in different destination countries, the Nepali embassies there have not shown any proactive interest in verifying the demand letters which has created problems for those trying to go for foreign employment. Foreign employment has become a means of earning for the unemployed while the country is unable to create employment for its youth.

KATHMANDU, Feb 1: It is not a new thing for the manpower companies to charge the youths going for foreign employment more than the prescribed fees. The government has implemented a rule that states that manpower companies are not allowed to charge more than Rs 10,000 to the workers going to the Gulf countries and Malaysia.

Home they came back in coffins

January 29, 2021 08:00 am

Why have so many people chosen to go to the foreign countries to work despite a risk of death? Why do we produce workers and not entrepreneurs?

KATHMANDU, Jan 24: A total of 14,753 individuals received permission for foreign employment in the Nepali month of Paush (mid-December to mid-January). This is the largest number in a month’s time since the coronavirus hit the country.

Labor migration is not safe for innocent Nepali migrant workers. The government should ensure that every single Nepali worker in foreign land is paid decent salary and treated with dignity.

KATHMANDU, Dec 31: Labor permit for foreign employment will be made available online starting Friday (January 1, 2021), according to the Department of Foreign Employment.

DHANGADHI, Nov 29: A large number of people in recent days are seen queueing up at major border points of Far West Province leaving for India on a daily basis.

Nepal, Oman to sign labour agreement soon

September 28, 2020 19:35 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Ambassador of Nepal to Oman Sharmila Parajuli Dhakal paid a courtesy call on Labour Minister of Oman Dr  Mahad bin Saeed bin Ali Baouin at the latter's office.

KATHMANDU, July 23: Kumud Khanal’s manpower business came to a screeching halt five months ago, thanks to the corona pandemic. He has no money even for daily expenses, let alone for payment for staff and other business costs. Khanal says that he is in a dire situation, and this actually reflects the scenario of the entire manpower business.

KATHMANDU, July 8: A group of Nepali workers, who were earlier selected under the Employment Permit System (EPS) system by the South Korean government, staged a demonstration at Maitighar in the capital on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Over 300 manpower companies are unlikely to have their licenses renewed as they have failed to send at least 100 Nepali migrant workers out of the country in a year as per the government’s requirement for license renewal.

KATHMANDU, March 13: The government has suspended the labor approval for foreign employment for an indefinite period bearing in mind the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

KATHMANDU, March 9: Police have arrested a fraudster for allegedly swindling some 60 persons out of more than Rs 25 million by showing them false  hopes of finding attractive jobs in two countries – Kuwait and Malta.

KATHMANDU, March 7: The number of Nepali workers going abroad in search of foreign employment has sharply declined in recent weeks after the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China and its rapid spread in different parts of the world. Foreign employment officials estimate the number of outbound migrant workers has declined by 75 percent.

SURKHET, Feb 29: After the establishment of the Labour and Employment Office in Karnali Province, as many as 2,615 people have taken work permits for the second time or more.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: Justice at the Supreme Court Ishwar Prasad Khatiwada stated that all the cases related to foreign employment should not be settled through reconciliation only.

Punish the fraudsters

January 6, 2020 08:19 am

It’s unfortunate that a larger number of people are cheated by agents, often associated with foreign employment agencies, in the name of foreign employment in Nepal. There is a consistent pattern. People are offered well-paying jobs in destinations such as Dubai, Japan, Korea even the United States. In return, they demand huge money, often in millions, as fee to enable their entry in those destinations.

KATHMANDU, Jan 5: Amrita Dhakal, 32, of Saurapana, Gorkha could have been a successful entrepreneur today if only she had not dreamt of going to Japan and earning Rs 300,000 a month. Giving in to this lofty dream, she fell victim to a fraudster and she ended up selling off her clothing store, which was bringing her a steady income.

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: National Human Rights Commission has stated that Nepali youths going abroad in search of job opportunities get very little information about the nature of their jobs prior to their departure.

Migrants’ health

December 18, 2019 08:18 am

More people are on the move now than ever before. They migrate for several reasons related to work, family and study. According to International Organization for Migration, there were around 272 million international migrants in the world in 2019, which equates to 3.5 percent of the global population.

Low worker demand from Malaysia

December 4, 2019 07:54 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 4: Malaysia has sought around 31,000 Nepali workers since Nepal lifted travel restriction on its citizens from travelling to the South East Asian country for employment around two months ago.