KATHMANDU, Sept 20: The number of deaths among Nepalis migrant workers abroad has been increasing every year. The government has not been able to reduce the death rate despite its efforts.

KATHMANDU, July 25: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Sher Bahadur Kunwar has said the government would address issues in the sector of foreign employment.

KATHMANDU, July 8: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security Sher Bahadur Kunwar has said the coverage of social security would be expanded.

KATHMANDU, July 4: Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Sher Bahadur Kunwar pledged to ensure that the national and foreign laborers would get their dues for their works.

KATHMANDU, June 25: The government is allocating 10 percent of the issued public offerings to the migrant workers. This new arrangement will come into effect from the commencement of the fiscal year 2022/23.

KATHMANDU, June 22: The Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) issued new job permits for 57,783 migrant workers just in one month between mid-May and mid-June.

KATHMANDU, April 14: The government has made it mandatory for migrant Nepali workers who are employed in foreign countries after receiving labor permits through their own individual approach to fill a self-declaration form effective from Thursday.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Kumar Shrestha interacted with the Nepali diaspora in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, March 16: Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security, Krishna Kumar Shrestha and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister for Human Resource, Dr Abdulrahaman Al Awar, held a meeting on Tuesday.

KATHMANDU, March 8: The government on Monday urged the South Korean authorities to allow the Nepali workers who have already been selected for different jobs in South Korea and are waiting to fly to the country to join their jobs there.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: The government is to honor the returnee migrant workers so as to encourage them to adopt self-employment measures. In this connection, the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, has solicited applications from those who adopted enterprises after returning from overseas employment.

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Amid rising number of Nepali job seekers falling stranded in foreign land, the government has cautioned outbound workers to go to foreign employment only after obtaining a work permit of the country concerned.

KATHMANDU, Jan 21: The government has started a process to incorporate family members of Nepali migrant workers into their health insurance policy.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: As many as 25 Nepali citizens spending their time in prisons in Malaysia have been rescued with the support of the Non-Resident Nepali Association. They had reached Malaysia in search of employment but were later arrested for various reasons and were awaiting death sentences.

KATHMANDU, Jan 4: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Prem Bahadur Ale, has warned of stern action against those involved in giving unnecessary hassles against migrant workers at the Tribhuvan International Airport(TIA).

KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has permitted the South Korea-bound migrant workers to carry additional up to US $ 1,500 citing the expenses that the workers have to incur while staying in the quarantine posts there.

People’s increased purchasing capacity won’t matter if we can’t hold the money home. Capital flight adds to the problems and hikes dependency.

KATHMANDU, Nov 30: Despite the government authorities repeatedly issuing caution notices to check gold import, there is a massive surge in the import of the precious metal by travelers returning from abroad.

KATHMANDU, Nov 29: The government will be blacklisting the foreign companies that do not provide Nepali migrant workers with the salaries and perks as per the agreement.

KATHMANDU, Nov 23: The government has stepped up measures to curb import of gold by the returnee migrant workers.

KATHMANDU, Nov 14: The government is resuming the Korean language test under Employment Permit System (EPS), which was put on hold for over a year due to e coronavirus pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Oct 6: The South Korean government is resuming job placement for eligible Nepali workers that has been suspended for the past 20 months.

KATHMANDU, Sept 16: More than two-thirds of Nepali migrant workers abroad will not choose the same recruitment agency they chose the first time if they were to go again on foreign employment. This is the finding of an analysis report of the Migrant Recruitment Advisor (MRA) in Nepal which was shared in a sub-regional South Asia meeting on MRA organized by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) here on Wednesday.

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 8: The number of Nepali workers going abroad in search of foreign employment declined sharply by 55 percent in the last fiscal year due to the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, July 28: Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Nepal, Park Chong-suk, on Wednesday said that the Korean government will resume the process of taking Nepali workers who have passed the Korean language test and are looking to migrate to South Korea for jobs.

DHANGADHI, May 4: Nepalis are returning home from different parts of India after the second wave of COVID-19 infection spread widely in India. Every day, more than a thousand people are entering Sudurpaschim Province from Gauriphanta in Kailali and Gaddachauki in Kanchanpur. But they have been allowed to go to their home villages without undergoing PCR tests.

DHANGADHI, April 30: With the rapid spread of coronavirus in India, the number of Nepali migrant workers returning home in Nepal has increased.

KATHMANDU, April 4: The dead bodies of as many as 12 Nepali migrant workers were brought in from Malaysia, one of the major labor destinations for Nepalis, on Sunday.

Instead of providing short term aids to returnee migrants, should not Nepal create opportunities for them here in the country so that they do not have to rely on low paying jobs in foreign lands?

KATHMANDU, Jan 30: The Agriculture and Vegetable Market has started its outlet in Kalanki, Kathmandu from Friday.

Hunger is more dreadful than any disease, forcing us to leave our homeland, they say

With no jobs and means to earn livelihood, Nepali youths are heading to India.

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Experts have sought a proper policy response by the government to address the adverse consequences in the livelihoods of the returned migrant workers following the global spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

KATHMANDU, Sept 12: A total of 146 Nepali migrant workers were repatriated via charter flights from Bahrain on Saturday. Those people were stranded in various places of Bahrain due to COVID-19 outbreak and its effect in their job settlement.

“I have been trying to return home,” he told Republica. “I have been to the embassy and travel agencies multiple times in the last two months to get a ticket, but nothing has worked so far.” He fears that the company will soon kick him out from the apartment, and has run out of money.

KATHMANDU, Sept 4: The Embassy of Nepal in Bahrain has taken up the initiative to bring back migrant workers from Nepal who were on holidays but got stuck due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, Aug 20: The government has decided to resume the fifth phase of repatriation flights making it mandatory for all returnee migrant workers to stay in hotel quarantine for a week and undergo PCR test before departing to their respective home.

KATHMANDU, July 16: The government will bear all expenses for rescuing Nepali nationals stranded in foreign countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

KATHMANDU, June 24: A total of 1,002 Nepalis were brought home from six different destinations on Wednesday.

DHANGADI / BAITADI, June 21: Even though migrant workers and others returning to Nepal via different Indo-Nepal border points are quarantined for 14 days, the risk of COVID-19 outbreak is still high due to delayed PCR test reports.

KATHMANDU, June 19: The process of bringing back Nepali migrant workers’ dead bodies from abroad has started from Friday. A total of 23 dead bodies from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar were brought to Nepal on charter flights carried out as a part of the evacuation operation on the first day.

They can make a difference

June 16, 2020 08:00 am

With the COVID-19 pandemic bringing to a halt economic and broader development activity around the world, the World Bank has projected that remittances to low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) will fall sharply in 2020—by about 20 percent. Nepal, where remittance contribution to GDP in 2019 was equivalent to 27.3 percent according to the World Bank, has lost nearly 50 percent of remittances in past two months compared to the same period last year according to the Nepal Rashtra Bank, the country’s central bank’s report published in May 2020.

KATHMANDU, June 11: As many as 299 Nepali women stranded in Kuwait were brought back to Nepal on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, May 22: As the government prepares to bring the migrant workers back to Nepal, the question on its capacity to hold the operation lingers. Not only because the number is huge, but also because there are challenges the government has to face in order to realize the plan.

AHMEDABAD, May 9: Hundreds of migrant workers in India’s western state of Gujarat have clashed for a second day with authorities, hurling stones at police trying to enforce a lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus.

KATHMANDU, May 4: At a time when Nepali migrant workers are passing through difficult times due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Kuwait, the Kuwaiti government has asked Nepal to repatriate the illegal Nepali workers living in the country.

KATHMANDU, April 20: Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA), an association of non-resident Nepalis across the globe, will initiate in repatriating Nepalis stranded in foreign countries due to global lockdown, it has been said.

KATHMANDU, April 18: Forty nine migrant Nepali workers are suffering from COVID-19 in Bahrain so far.

SEOUL, April 14: The government of South Korea has decided to extend the visa term of Nepali workers employed here on the employment promotion system (EPS) by 50 days.