Outflow of Nepali migrant workers surges by 33 pct

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-2-20 14:38:08

The departure of Nepali migrant workers abroad for employment has increased by 33 percent in the past seven months as compared to the corresponding period last year.

According to the Department of Foreign Employment, political instability coupled with the lack of opportunity and favorable working environment back home were the major reasons for the rise.

"Malaysia this year restarted hiring foreign workers including Nepalis. This, too, is a major reason for the surge," said Purna Chandra Bhattarai, the Department's Director on Wednesday.

From mid-July 2012 to mid-February 2013, a total of 237,686 Nepalis landed in foreign countries for jobs, while this figure last time stood at 178,715.

Malaysia remained the favorite destination for Nepalis attracting 88,890 migrant workers, seconded by Saudi Arabia where 48,000 Nepalis landed. The others major destinations included Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain, among others.

The Department took a policy of discouraging individual departure by encouraging departure only through the institutional channels of the valid outsourcing agencies.

As a positive impact of the move, individual outflow in the past seven months went down by over 90 percent, while institutional outflow moved up by 65 percent.

The move basically aimed at providing safety to migrant workers amid the growing complaints of frauds by the manpower agencies and foreign companies, and the acute problem of being stranded in a new environment.

Nepal's one-fifth of GDP comes from the remittance sent by the migrant workers mainly working in Malaysia and the Gulf countries.

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