Launch of the Labour Migration for Employment - A Status Report for Nepal: 2014/2015

The second national Labour Migration for Employment, A Status Report for Nepal: 2013/2014 was launched by the Honourable Minister, Deepak Bohara of the Ministry of Labour and Employment on 17 July, 2016.

The participants were government officials from the Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Department of Foreign Employment, the Foreign Employment Promotion Board, the National Planning Commission and the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs. In addition to a wide-ranging participation from the government, representatives from the trade unions, civil society, international agencies, and bi-lateral donors also joined the event.

A brief presentation was made highlighting the key findings of the report. Presenting the official data from the Department of Foreign Employment, close to 500,000 labour permits were issued in the fiscal year 2014/2015 to Nepali workers seeking foreign employment out of which approximately 96 per cent were issued for male workers. In line with the findings of the report, the presentation also highlighted that there is an increasing trend in the number of workers obtaining labour permits for foreign employment from the far-western hilly region which is an area conventionally recognized as the sources of seasonal migrants going to India for seasonal employment.