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Cabinet sets new rates for demand letter verification (kp 07/07/2018)

Workers with Malaysian visas twiddle thumbs, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 06/07/2018)

Young and jobless: The issue of unemployment is robbing Nepali youth of a glorious futurem by Sapana Phuyal (kp 05/07/2018)

Overseas ordeal: Govt aye to legal help for workers (kp 29/06/2018), Legal aid for falsely implicated migrants: Innocent migrant Nepali workers languishing in jails for offences they have not committed, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 29/06/2018)

‘Crackdown on agencies halts migrant workers’ departure’ (kp 28/06/2018)

Youth Outflow and Remittance, by Lal Deosa Rai (kp 25/06/2018)

Work permit for Malaysia unlikely prior to bilateral labour agreement, by Sujan Dhungana (ht 25/06/2018)

Skill test must for EPS workers from 2020 (ht 25/06/2018)

Fall in number of workers not linked to 'free-visa-free-ticket': NRB, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 13/06/2018)

Central bank seeks changes in foreign employment services (ht 13/06/2018)

Migration no solution: The happiness is missing in families although they might have become more affluent, by Kabi Adhikari (kp 08/06/2018)

Guidelines for rescue of critically ill migrant workers on the cards (kp 08/06/2018)

Pre-labour permits for Malaysia halted: Pre-permission stopped since Malaysian Embassy announced closure of agencies processing visa, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 28/05/2018)

Labour flight problem: Time to address it, by Vikash Raj Satyal (ht 24/05/2018)

Migrant hiring regulation to take time for complete enforcement (kp 21/05/2018)

National Prosperity Through Domestic Employment, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 20/05/2018)

39 health check-up firms on strike (ht 19/05/2018)

Govt to scrap fees unfairly levied on Malaysia-bound Nepali workers: Minister says government committed to dismantling all cartels in the foreign employment sector, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 18/05/2018), Med centre, VLN operators booked for overcharging Malaysia-bound workers (kp 21/05/2018), Move against fees hits Malaysia departures, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 22/05/2018), Embassy closes ISC as OSC continues process (kp 22/05/2018), Labour relief: Diplomacy key to succesfully enforce scrapping of Malaysia authorised exploitative out-migrant fees (kp 22/05/2018)

Calls to address unethical hiring of migrant workers (kp 13/05/2018)

Nepalis in Qatar: Migrant workers live in a system of exclusion without any protection of human rights, by Anwar Alam (kp 10/05/2018)

Govt sets new rule to protect Nepalis working abroad: Recruiters must obtain work letter approval from Nepali embassies, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 09/05/2018), Labour pain: Government’s decision to ask ‘demand letters’ is appreciable, now enforce it (kp 10/05/2018)

Crackdown on passport crimes: Department proposes three-year jail term and huge fines for recruiting agents who retain jobseekers’ passports (kp 04/05/2018)

Unskilled workers dominate Nepali labour force abroad: Nearly 75 percent of the migrant workers leaving the country in fiscal year 2013/14 were unskilled, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 02/05/2018)

State 1 tops migrant workers: Southern plains send 35pc workers in nine years as department issues over 3.5 million permits, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 29/04/2018)

Minors faking age to acquire passport for jobs abroad, by Rewati Sapkota (ht 29/04/218)

5,892 Nepalis die on foreign soil, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 28/04/2018)

Homes away from home: Female domestic workers in Lebanon cannot visit families back in Nepal because of a travel ban that prevents them from returning to well-paying jobs, by Upasana Khadka (nt 27/04/2018)

Half of migrant workers going through individual labor approval, by Rudra Khadka (rep 22/04/2018)

‘Remove Gulf job age limit for women’ (kp 20/04/2018)

The Risk Appetite, by Upasana Khadka (nt 20/04/2018)

Benefits Women Want At Work, by Shradha Gyawali (sp 20/04/2018)

Ministry relief for migrant workers: Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security announces free legal services to Nepalis facing hardships in jails of foreign countries, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (17/04/2018)

Nepal’s employment rate highest in South Asia (kp 17/04/2018)

Acute food crisis triggers migration (ht 14/04/2018)

Unemployment woes: Effective measures required, by Girish P. Pant (ht 12/04/2018)

Apex body to fine agencies cheating migrant workers: NAFEA pushes for fair trade practices (kp 07/04/2018)

Labour permit for overseas employment: Govt to set up three offices outside Capital; ‘DoFE outlets in Itahari, Janakpur and Butwal to issue work permits’ (kp 21/03/2018), Experts doubt new labour offices will ease centre’s load‘Migrant workers will favour Kathmandu for medical, job orientation and flight services’ (kp 24/03/2018)

Grievances of migrant workers: Minister Bista orders daily hearing of cases, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 19/03/2018)

‘Respect for labour key to solving joblessness’: Youths account for 40.35 percent of the country’s total population, out of that 19.2 percent  is unemployed (kp 16/03/2018)

End the stigma: Women migrants, like their male counterparts, send remittance, and eventually bring new skills back home. Don’t they deserve respect?, by Roni Pradhan, Dhaubhadel (kp 09/03/2018)

Forgetting about rights: Foreign employment governance has to be redefined under new federal structure to safeguard the rights of migrant workers, by Himalaya Kjharel and Jeevan Baniya (kp 26/02/2018), Loopholes in laws deprive migrant workers of timely justice (ht 27/02/2018)

Limiting number of recruiting agencies: ‘Govt cannot stop issuing licences to new companies’ (kp 20/02/2018)

A bane in disguise: Foreign employment is the drug that our country has become addicted to. Only a revolutionary political, economic and social movement can rescue us, by Binisha Nepal (rep 18/02/2018)

Foreigners taking work permit on the rise (ht 17/02/2018)

Migrant worker body issues 537 contracts in a day: Employment Permit System issues over 1,600 contracts to aspiring Nepali workers since January 2018, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 15/02/2018)

Social trend of migration effecting more migration (rep 10/02/2018)

‘Good Conduct Certificate’  must for work visa in UAE (kp 08/02/2018)

Nepal must ‘do more’ to protect workers’ rights (kp 06/02/2018)

Bulldozers take away jobs from villagers, by Bhim Bahadur Singh (kp 05/01/2018)

Weight of migration: Saudi decision to restrict foreign employment workers could hit our economy, migrants hard (kp 02/02/2018)

Government urged not to sign labour agreement with low-paying nations (ht 31/01/2018)

Labour migration dips in current fiscal: 168,190 have taken work permit from DoFE so far in 2017-18 (ht 29/01/2018)

Employment opportunity: Indian construction workers coming to Nepal in droves, by Chandra Karki (kp 21/01/2018)

Foreign employment saving bond fails to attract migrant workers (rep 16/01/2018)

We will find a way: We need to create opportunities where every ‘where will I work?’ question is addressed with answers, by Binisha Nepal (rep 13/01/2018)

Nepal's #1 export: people (nt 29/12/2017)

Safe migration: Harnessing development potential, by Jhabindra Bhandari (ht 27/12/2017)

Qatar remains top labour destination: Malaysia standing grows while Saudi charm wanes (kp 26/12/2017), Qatar top destination for Nepali migrants (ht 29/12/2017)

NAFEA wants higher service charge for Europe (kp 26/12/2017)

Nepal govt failed to curb illegal recruitment fees, says Amnesty Int’l (kp 19/12/2017) [see AI press release], Lost without recourse: Govt has failed to enforce laws that would discourage exploitation of migrant workers (kp 20/12/2017), Value of life: Why are Nepali migrants, who were proven to be medically fit before departure, dying in large numbers abroad?, by Roni Pradhan (kp 20/12/2017)

A third of migrant households in Sunsari remain poor: Study; It has found that about 30 percent households,  who were previously better off, became rather poorer after migrating overseas (kp 17/12/2017), Protecting workers without borders: Nepal should benefit from migration, but not at the cost of the rights and wellbeing of migrants, by Paul I. Norton (kp 17/12/2017)

Rs3.54b spent on skill development largely 'a waste', by Rudra Pangeni (rep 17/12/2017)

Road to riches: Mass job creation is key to our dream of prosperity. But this is possible only when we give priority to enterprise and entrepreneur development, by Nahakul KC (rep 22/11/2017)

Skilled-based training for aspirant migrant workers (kp 19/11/2017)

Opening new doors: There is need for more lucrative and rights friendly alternatives for migrant workers, by Roni Pradhan and Sunila Baniya (kp 14/11/2017)

Narrow escape  An inside look at the labour migration cycle shows the pitiful plight of Nepali migrant workers, by Miriam Shendroff (kp 07/11/2017)

Nepal seeks result-oriented projects from labour body (ht 04/11/2017)

Unscrupulous intermediaries: Ensuring pro-migrant worker regime in Nepal is perilous unless culpable agents are tried within the ambit of law, by Anurag Acharya (kp 03/11/2017)

Outflow of migrant workers drops in first trimester (ht 30/10/2017)

Nepal to face labour shortage by 2030: The country may fall short of 3.6 million workers in 12 years (kp 27/10/2017)

Stakeholders stress on inclusive job creation (ht 27/10/2017)

Caught in the middle by middlemen: Migrant workers learn to face exploitation and abuse from recruiters at home and abroad, by Upasana Khadka (nt 27/10/2017)

Myadi job lures migrant workers, by Tularam Pandey (kp 24/10/2017), Around 300,000 apply for Myadi jobs: Nepal Police to finalise names on Friday; Govt to deploy highest number of temporary security recruits in Province 2 (kp 26/10/2017)

DoFE receives 418 grievances in two months (ht 24/10/2017)

Over one-third migrant workers hail from seven districts (ht 23/10/2017)

Discussion held on migration health policy (kp 12/10/2017), Draft migration health policy discussed (ht 12/10/2017), The next step: Health issues must be addressed to safeguard migrant workers, backbone of our economy (ht 13/10/2017)

Qatar top destination for Nepali migrants last fiscal year, by Sabin Mishra (ht 08/10/2017)

Govt spending millions to rescue migrants, bring back bodies (kp 07/10/2017)

‘Unfree’ labour: Only a concerted global effort will destroy the extremely exploitative employment system in the Gulf, by Leila Antier (kp 06/10/2017)

Take services to the people: Forcing aspiring migrant workers to come to Kathmandu for all paperwork is unkind, by Prakash Bhattarai and Vivek Adhikari (kp 03/10/2017)

Rules of engagement: Due to the country’s overreliance on overseas employment and remittance, external labor relations will be policymakers’ priority in the future, by Narayan Manandhar (rep 27/09/2017)

DoFE introduces eye-scan technology to issue work permits (kp 26/09/2017)

Labour migration: Emerging challenges, by Jhabindra Bhandari (ht 20/09/2017), Going somewhere: Migration can be a positive force for development when assisted by the right policy, by Jhabindra Bhandari (kp 20/09/2017)

More Nepalis going abroad for employment: Qatar emerges as top destination ahead of Saudi (kp 18/09/2017)

Foreign employment: Govt to raise licence fee for recruiting firms, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 16/09/2017)

‘Labour sending nations must raise common concerns of migrants’ (kp 14/09/2017), 12 nations to forge common stance on migration (ht 14/09/2017)

Burning issue: Labour migration governance demands a focus beyond its regular economic perception, by Prakash Bhattarai, Reshma Basnet and Vivek Adhikari (kp 07/09/2017)

Free-visa-free-ticket scheme: Recruiting agencies slapped with penalties for not submitting details, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 05/09/2017)

Help wanted: The farm sector can create immense employment opportunities for jobless youths, by David Kainee (kp 01/09/2017)

When they return: The irrelevancy of the skills migrants learn abroad  prevent them from doing business, by Amar B. Thing (kp 29/08/2017)

Just victims? Nepali women migrating out for work do also come back with higher remit and non-exploitative experiences, by Guneshwor Ojha (kp 25/08/2017)

More Nepalis goving abroad (ht 13/08/2017)

‘Free visa free ticket’ scheme a dud: Panel; House committee report says provision was never implemented, hence none of the migrant workers benefited in the last two years, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/08/2017)

Sweat money: Valuable assets, by Bijen Jonchhe (ht 07/08/2017)

Welfare sum for migrant workers’ kin doubled, by Sabin Mishra (ht 01/08/2017), Migrant workers will now pay up to Rs 2,500 into welfare fund (rep 01/08/2017), Relief finally: Criticism has come from various quarters that a lot of money was spent out of the Welfare Fund to pay for junkets and other expenses of powerful people (ht 02/08/2017), Money for misuse: Migrant Workers’ Welfare Fund (rep 02/08/2017), Compensation period extended for migrants: Earlier, families could claim compensation if the migrants workers died or suffered injury during the contract period (kp 03/08/2017), To better protect: Amendments to Foreign Employment Act must be implemented to safeguard migrant workers (kp 04/08/2017)

Migrants’ problems will be resolved soon: Mahara (kp 28/07/2017), ‘MoU must before opening destinations for females’ (ht 28/07/2017)

Manpower agencies, legal provisions major hurdles for government says Home Minister (rep 28/07/2017)

Number of workers seeking foreign jobs drops (ht 24/07/2017)

Rebuilding lives as important as rebuilding homes: Even if earthquake families move into new houses, they need help finding jobs, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 21/07/2017)

Migrants’ outflow dips, labour shortage hits reconstruction (ht 20/07/2017), Labour shortage hits reconstruction works (kp 21/07/2017)

Govt revises welfare schemes for migrants: Compensation to families of deceased workers doubled; Workers suffering from grave illness and severe injuries are also covered by the government’s new welfare programme (kp 18/07/2017)

Questions that matter: The discourse on migrant workers needs to focus on accountability and attribution, by Barun Ghimire (kp 18/07/2017)

Online system troublesome for aspiring migrant workers (ht 15/07/2017)

Poverty forcing women into migration: Report (kp 13/07/2017), Exodus: Structural barriers and discrimination in local labour market drive women to work abroad (kp 14/07/2017)

Cost of migration: Two years into the adoption of the free-visa, free-ticket scheme, its practice is largely ignored, by Anurag Devkota (kp 11/07/2017)

Fewer Nepalis apply for jobs as tensions flare in the Gulf, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 10/07/2017), The job issue: Ongoing Gulf row should prod Nepal into  becoming less dependent on remittances (ht 12/07/2017)

Gathering storm: If migrant workers lose their jobs, how will they repay their debt to recruiting agents? How will they even return home?, by Nishchal Nath Pandey (rep 26/06/2017)

Nepali workers falling prey to deceptive recruitment agents, shows AI report: The main form of deception workers reported was related to salaries (ht 25/06/2017)

Woes Of Work Abroad, by Aditi Aryal (sp 23/06/2017)

Quiet riot brewing: The achievements of the Jana Andolan II do not benefit the youth and every day over 1,500 leave in search of better opportunities abroad, by Bimal Pratap Shah (rep 21/06/2017)

Managing migration: Nepali workers receive lower pay for work of equal value in comparison to workers from other countries, by Sudeshna Thapa (rep 21/06/2017)

SDG 8 : The new workforce; Transforming the economy in a way that increases the number of quality jobs is essential for sustainable development, by Bhawani Rana (kp 20/06/2017)

Fun after 40: Unless Nepal is able to create significant number of jobs in agriculture, infrastructure and tourism labor migration to other countries won’t stop, by Bhagirath Yogi (rep 18/06/2017)

Breaking through the legal bind, by Priyanka Gurung (rep 16/06/2017)

DoFE: Demands for work permit dropped: Recruiting agencies claim the lull is annual phenomena due to Ramadan, by Chandan Kumar Mandal (kp 13/06/2017)

Lack of well-paying jobs a formidable challenge in LDCs: Ambassador Dhital (ht 13/06/2017)

Find alternatives: The focus of Nepali planners and policy makers should be on chalking out policies aimed at generating enough employment within the country (ht 12/06/2017)

Nepal failing to protect migrant workers: Amnesty International (kp 07/06/2017) [see AI report], Seize the moment: For Nepalis, there is no ‘safe migration’ without the end of debt bondage, by James Lynch (kp 07/06/2017), Unscrupulous recruiters continue to exploit migrants: AI (ht 07/06/2017), Nepal fails to stop exploitation of migrant workers: AI (rep 07/06/2017)

PAHS team to probe deaths of Nepali migrants (kp 06/06/2017)

Compelled to leave: Despite having experienced the hardships of labor migration, why is Mina still choosing to leave?, by Ayushma Basnyat (rep 05/06/2017)

Carnage in Kabul: Only adequate jobs at home can stop Nepalis from seeking opportunities in unsafe places (kp 02/06/2017)

Migrants with mobiles: Essential information about foreign employment could be effectively disseminated through mobile phones, by Himalaya Kharel (kp 30/05/2017)

Bank accounts must in Nepal for people heading abroad to work, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 30/05/2017)

Key Issues In Nepalese Labour Market, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 14/05/2017)

End this injustice: The government should ask the host countries to scrap the Kafala law which gives undue leverage to the employers (kp 12/05/2017)

Female migrants at higher risk of suicide (ht 11/05/2017)

Do Nepalis really need jobs? An exploration of why our work culture is deteriorating and what can be done to improve it, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 25/04/2017)

MoI to give priority to employment generation (ht 17/04/2017)

Nepal should not send labour to Qatar under Kafala law: Bundestag Vice President (ht 12/04/2017)

Worker health and safety: Major obstacles remain, by Sunil Kumar Joshi (ht 04/04/2017)

House panel to govt: Stop women domestics from going to Gulf (rep 03/04/2017)

Smuggling of Nepali women: House panel says immigration officials involved; Finds nexus between DoI employees and smugglers (kp 29/03/2017)

Report on labour migration, its socio-political impact released (kp 14/03/2017), Migration realities: Govt should pay heed to suggestions about enhancing the migration experience (kp 15/03/2017)

Maladies of the migrating mind: Migrant workers’ lives can be saved by improving the mental health services offered to them before and after departure, by Samik Adhikari and Sagun Ballav Pant (kp 06/03/2017)

Outflow of migrants declines (ht 19/02/2017)

The migrant story: Nepali migration overseas in search of good jobs has been pronounced following the restoration of democracy in 1990, by Gokul Pokhrel (rep 16/02/2017)

Insurance policy for migrants on anvil (kp 14/02/2017)

Foreign employment: Mixed blessing; Social values are declining and absence of youths put their conjugal life and other relations in jeopardy, by Shreedhar Aryal (rep 08/02/2017)

In praise of entrepreneurship: Government alone cannot provide adequate employment opportunities to a growing number of educated people, by Jagannath Adhikari (kp 07/02/2017)

Rescued migrant workers seek govt support for rehabilitation (ht 01/02/2017)

Women learning masonry for financial independence in Nuwakot, by Jaya Ram Gautam (ht 30/01/2017)

Never heard from again: Hundreds of Nepali migrant workers never return home, not even in coffins. They simply disappear, by Om Astha Rai (nt 27/01/2017), Victims help would-be victims: Having endured hardships, migrant worker returnees help others avoid suffering the same fate, by Upasana Khadka (nt 27/01/2017), High risk and no return: Nepali migrant workers borrow money, do not earn promised salaries, and if they die their indebted families are cheated of compensation, by Puru Shah (nt 27/01/2017)

Insurance to double for migrant workers: PM (kp 25/01/2017), More insurance, welfare plan for migrant workers unveiled: A migrant worker to get up to Rs 2.7 million under social welfare and insurance  (rep 25/01/2017), Insurance for migrant workers raised, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 25/01/2017)

Migrant workers: Nepali women ahead of men in committing suicide abroad, by Rudra Khadka (rep 24/01/2017)

Underage workers leaving for jobs abroad (ht 21/01/2017)

NAFEA asks govt to facilitate migrants’ medical check-ups (kp 16/01/2017)

PM vows punish unscrupulous manpower agencies, by Narayan Bhurtel (rep 16/01/2017)

Work permits to be issued online beginning Monday: Recruiting agencies said the online system  could make the process easy and fast, as  there will be less paperwork (kp 15/01/2017)

European job market being explored: Manpower agencies have resorted to this move due to hardships faced by Nepali workers in Gulf countries, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 15/01/2017)

Lost in numbers: A wrong picture of migrant worker deaths has been given, as statistics were misread, by Anil Bhattarai (kp 13/01/2017)

Plight of irregular migrants: In South Asian countries, there is a huge gap between practice and policy when it comes to emigration laws, by Mahendra P. Lama (kp 11/01/2017)

Pitch for uniform labour deal with host countries (kp 10/01/2017)

Migration & Development Towards Sustainable Future, by Jhabindra Bhandari (rn 07/01/2017)

Formation of labor bank in limbo, by Rudra Khadka (rep 07/01/2017)

Lack of evidence adds to woes of duped Nepali foreign job-seekers, by Rupesh Acharya (ht 04/01/2017)

Lessons in mourning: We need to move beyond sensationalising migrant deaths to asking harder questions, by Upasana Khadka and Aamik Adhikari (kp 02/01/2017)

Ministry to increase migrant workers’ levy: Officials say move necessary for providing needy workers, their families with better relief (kp 28/12/2016)

Lack of annual leave, disintegrating migrant worker families, by Krishna Oli (rep 28/12/2016)

Fraudulent agents tricking unwitting migrants in Delhi: Nepal Police receives 281 plaints on fraud cases from Nepalis based in  various countries between Sept 2015 and Oct 2016, by Kamal Dev Bhattarai (kp 27/12/2016)

Migrant workers continue to suffer appalling treatment, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 19/12/2016), Foreign employment: Govt should strengthen diplomatic resources and fight for fair treatment of migrant workers (kp 20/12/2016)

DoFE launches online process for work permit (kp 19/12/2016)

Safe, regular and orderly migration: Nepal needs dedicated policies and investment in preparing its nationals for overseas work, by Paul Norton (kp 18/12/2016)

Skill development critical to obtaining productive work opportunities: PM (kp 15/12/2016)

Qatar labour reform: ‘Ending kafala barely scratches the surface’; Old wine in new bottle; laws do not protect migrant workers: Activists; Will make comments after studying new legislation: Nepali officials, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 14/12/2016)

Call to adopt ‘Nordic Model’ to address labour issues (ht 14/12/2016)

Fluid dynamics: Nepal cannot afford to ignore the urgency of strengthening its labour market governance, by Richard Howard and Saloman Rajbanshi (kp 13/12/2016)

Rural migrants face reality check, by Anita Shrestha (ht 12/12/2016)

Youth unemployment, by Binita Thepa (ht 12/12/2016)

Call to tackle migrants’ needs through multi-sector approach (ht 03/12/2016)

Exodus to India for employment (ht 02/12/2016)

Govt told to probe fraud cases in foreign job sector (kp 25/11/2016)

Stop ‘looting’ of Malaysia-bound workers, govt told, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 25/11/2016)

Nepalis can seek security guard jobs abroad, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 23/11/2016)

Samsung and Panasonic accused over supply chain labour abuses in Malaysia: Migrant workers making goods for the global electronics brands claim they are trapped and exploited in Malaysia (Guardian 21/11/2016), Flagrant exploitation: Govt should continuously press for better labour rights for our migrant workers (kp 23/11/2016)

Outflow of migrant workers drops (ht 15/11/2016), Recruiting firms face a bleak future, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 16/11/2016)

Govt to offer vocational training to jobless youth (kp 15/11/2016)

MoI plans to generate 11,450 new jobs over next six months (ht 15/11/2016), Useful approach: The SMEs would also generate more jobs with the passage of time if more micro entrepreneurs make the most of the opportunities that would exist for them (ht 16/11/2016)

No. of Nepalis leaving for foreign jobs drops sharply, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 08/11/2016)

Outflow to Gulf, Malaysia back for housemaid jobs (kp 31/10/2016)

Employment in Malaysia, Saudi: Ending monopoly of pre-flight service firms suggested (kp 18/10/2016)

Agencies press govt to review visa-ticket rule (kp 09/10/2016)

NYC, NRNA join forces to empower youths (kp 05/10/2016), Govt to set up fund to nurture entrepreneurship among youth (ht 05/10/2016)

Skilled Nepalis abroad earn 27pc more than unskilled (kp 04/10/2016)

Govt mulls lifting work ban on Nepalis in conflict-hit countries (kp 30/09/2016)

‘Govt should protect rights of migrant workers’ (ht 28/09/2016)

Ban on security guards for conflict countries ending, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 27/09/2016)

Fighting syndicate: Recruiters urged to stop sending workers to M’sia: Nepali migrants going to Malaysia for jobs are forced to pay up to Rs 35,000 in pre-departure service, including health check-up (kp 23/09/2016)

Service fees of manpower firms not be hiked soon (ht 20/09/2016)

Foreign employment act: Workers’ welfare package on cards (kp 14/09/2016)

ILO proposes barring recruitment agencies from charging fees from workers (ht 10/09/2016)

Waiting for a rainy day: Productive use of Foreign Employment Welfare Fund will go a long way in solving problems faced by migrant workers, by Samik Adhikari (kp 06/09/2016)

Passport fee for Nepali migrant workers reduced (ht 02/09/2016)

Dahal presses for making foreign employment safe: Dahal has asked ministries of Foreign Affairs, and Labour and Employment to collaborate for safety, security of migrant workers (kp 31/08/2016)

Free-visa-free-ticket policy: Minister Gurung drops hint at revising scheme (kp 30/08/2016)

Working abroad: Contemporary mindset, by Rabindra Adhikari (ht 24/08/2016)

The long way home: Fluctuating oil prices and the political instability in the Gulf has stakeholders debating the long-term feasibility of a remittance-driven economy, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 20/08/2016)

The Cycle of Migration: What perpetuates it, and why it is important to break it, by Om Astha Rai (nt 19/08/2016)

The missing men: Migrants are tackling poverty in their own ways, but Nepal needs to generate capital within its own borders, by Eriko Shrestha (kp 14/08/2016)

Migrant workers’ welfare fund: Probe panel to look into alleged misuse of fund (kp 11/08/2016)

In-flight beer a rare treat for Nepali migrant workers (ht 03/08/2016)

Overseas labour migration fell 18.4 per cent in last fiscal year (ht 30/07/2016), Jobs at risk (ht 09/08/2016)

Blessing in disguise: Absorbing migrant worke s in post-disaster reconstruction can actually be a good thing (kp 28/07/2016)

Migration falls to its lowest in four years, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 25/07/2016)

18pc lost regular income source after quakes (ht 20/07/2016)

Report unveiled on labour trend abroad (kp 18/07/2016)

Far from home and hearth: Many things need to be changed to ensure the rights and dignity of labour migrants, by Bhawana Pokhrel (kp 12/07/2016), Risky business: The govt should bring in a concrete plan to address the security concerns of Nepalis working in high-risk countries, by Motikala Subba Dewan (kp 13/07/2016)

Unemployment blues: Around 70 percent Nepalis are engaged in agriculture; But since most of it is primitive, youths are not attracted, by David Kainee (rep 05/07/2016)

Minister says recruiting firms fleecing workers (kp 04/07/2016)

Foreign lives, Nepali bodies: It is a shame that Nepal has not signed any of the treaties relevant to migrant workers, by Deepak Thapa (kp 30/06/2016)

A national debate: It is unrealistic to say that Nepali youths should not go abroad to work, but some things need to change, by Abhi Subedi (kp 26/06/2016), The Nepali labour sector is going in a sad and wrong direction, interview with Ganesh Gurung (kp 27/06/2016)

Rights groups against age limit for women migrant workers: Only those women who are 24 years and above are allowed to go to Gulf countries for employment (kp 25/06/2016), NOC may be necessary for workers flying out via SLanka (kp 26/06/2016)

Kabul incident a grim reminder: At least 10,000 Nepali migrants have died on foreign soil since 2000, over 5,000 in the last five years, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 24/06/2016)

Officials hint at ban on working in Afghanistan, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 22/06/2016)

Flow of Malaysia returnees on rise (kp 18/06/2016)

Give migrants their due: The least the government could do is make migration a pleasant experience, at least while departing and arriving, by Deepak Thapa (kp 16/06/2016)

Female migrant Nepalis taking up jobs outside domestic confines, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 05/06/2016)

What’s causing the delay in signing BLA? (ht 03/06/2016)

'Vegetable farming better than foreign employment', by Nagendra Upadhyay (rep 23/05/2016)

A leap of faith: The obvious dangers of migrating to countries ravaged by war have not stopped Nepali women from seeking employment in Iraq, Syria and beyond, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 21/05/2016)

App for migrant workers launched (rep 19/05/2016)

Ban on women going for domestic jobs lifted: Women aged 24 and above will now be able to take up domestic jobs in the Gulf and Malaysia with help of selected recruiting firms (kp 13/05/2016), Nursing moms banned from work as domestics, by Shreejana Shrestha (ht 14/05/2016)

Staying home: The number of Nepalis going to work in Malaysia and the Gulf showed a drastic drop this year, by Sonia Awale (nt 13/05/2016)

Illegal, ill-treated: Nepali workers are unlawfully forced to become ‘illegal’ by unscrupulous employers, recruiters and the government, by Om Astha Rai (rep 13/05/2016)

Work permits to be renewed from destination countries (rep 13/05/2016)

Wasting talents: Lack of professional diversity can have adverse consequences on Nepal’s society and economy, by Marleen Heuer (kp 08/05/2016)

Number of Nepali foreign job-seekers on the decline: Govt unsure of the reason for the drop, manpower agencies blame free visa, free ticket provision, by Subodh Dahal (ht 07/05/2016)

MPCD helping rescue stranded migrant workers (ht 06/05/2016)

Karnali Employment Program fails in Jumla, by DB Budha (rep 05/05/2016)

Free-visa, free-ticket: Govt didn’t consider all formal and informal institutions active in the migration process while formulating the policy, by Himalaya Kharel, Mohammad Ayub and Bandita Sijapati (kp 02/05/2016)

Fewer Nepalis keen to take up overseas jobs: ‘Growing work opportunities at home main reason’, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 01/05/2016)

‘Recognise work in informal sector’ (kp 01/05/2016)

Youths begin fast for job security: Article 33 of the constitution states that every citizen shall have the right to employment with provisions for unemployment benefits (kp 01/05/2016)

Employment in Korea: Applicants face tough job odds (kp 29/04/2016)

‘Tap tourism potential for job creation’ (ht 26/04/2016)

Manpower firms seek ‘moderate’ hike in service fee (ht 22/04/2016)

Migration causes labour shortage in Parsa-Bara, by Shankar Acharya (kp 19/04/2016)

Hiring through outsourcing firms: House panel: Ensure minimum wage, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 15/04/2016)

Govt, manpower firms still at loggerheads (ht 06/04/2016), Volte-face: Free-visa-free-ticket issue should address the costs of all the aspects of recruitment (kp 07/04/2016), Govt mulling options without nulling policy (kp 08/04/2016)

Govt U-turn feared on cost-free foreign jobs: Recruiting firms ask for 45 days’ salary from workers in processing fees, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 04/04/2016)

NAFEA ‘to press govt’ for recruitment fee revision: Free-visa-free-ticket is a low cost recruitment scheme introduced to end exploitation of prospective migrants (kp 03/04/2016), Manpower firms to sit for talks today: Labour ministry may decide to roll back free visa, free ticket provision, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 03/04/2016)

Changing times: Majority of jobs that our folks have been doing on foreign soil will soon be performed by robots, by Manish Pokharel and Bimal Pratap Shah (kp 03/04/2016)

Amnesty International paints a bleak picture of Nepalis in Qatar, by Lekhanath Pandey (ht 01/04/2016)

Few rights, little freedom and meagre pay: Law for house workers has been amended, but Nepal is yet to ratify ILO C89 Convention, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 30/03/2016)

Recruiting agencies urged to resume stalled services (kp 30/03/2016), Manpower firms to resume operations partially from today (ht 31/03/2016), NAFEA lifts restrictions ‘partially’ (kp 01/04/2016)

Plan afoot to help out kin of migrants: Families of those who die at work to get Rs500,000 in compensation, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 27/03/2016)

NAFEA demands abolition of free visa, free ticket system: 19-day long strike has barred around 50,000 people from flying abroad for employment (rep 26/03/2016)

MoLE to review foreign employment laws (ht 21/03/2016)

NAFEA asks agencies to uphold strike (kp 15/03/2016)

‘Better governance couldsolve migrants’ woes’ (ht 15/03/2016)

Villagers turn to micro-business giving up foreign dreams, by Bipulendra Adhikari (rep 14/03/2016)

Recruiting agencies ‘defying’ NAFEA by obtaining permits: Sources at the Department of Foreign Employment  say they have acquired 2,804 work permits since the day NAFEA went into strike on March (kp 13/03/2016)

Few jobs for visually impaired: Nepal Blind Association says out of around 100,000 visually impaired women in the country only 134 are employed, by Pratichya Dulal (kp 12/03/2016), Breaking the sound barrier: Agents of change from the deaf and hard of hearing community are forging new opportunities for themselves in a tone-deaf society, by Kripa Shrestha (kp 11/03/2016)

Drought leads to male exodus (ht 11/03/2016)

Migrant Resource Centre in operation after years (kp 10/03/2016)

Foreign job-aspirants hit by closure of manpower agencies, by Pushpa Raj Koirala (rep 10/03/2016)

Kin of migrants who died in Nepal to get compensation, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 09/03/2016)

NAFEA to shut up shop from today (kp 06/03/2016)

Migration and development: Migrants are individuals with rights, not ‘agents’ or ‘tools’ for economic growth or poverty reduction, by Bandita Sijapati (kp 04/03/2016)

NAFEA members submit memo to labour minister: Recruitment agencies keep licences with themselves a day after threatening to return them to government (kp 02/03/2016)

NAFEA threatens to return licences en masse: Recruitment agencies say they are ready to help the government but service charge must be increased (kp 01/03/2016)

Valley police raid manpower agencies, arrest eight suspects: Certain manpower agencies have been forcing migrant workers into unpleasant jobs (ht 25/02/2016), Manpower agencies protest against ‘uninformed raids’: Shut offices decrying what they call ‘police raj’; service seekers affected (kp 26/02/2016), Foreign employment agencies warn retaliation, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 26/02/2016)

Malaysia visa processing: Officials put through wringer over VLN Nepal (kp 23/02/2016)

Missing migrants: Lack of data to understand migration process is hurting policies governing labour migrants, by Samik Adhikari (kp 23/02/2016)

Learn to earn: More Nepali overseas workers want to acquire skills before they go abroad, by Om Astha Rai (nt 19/02/2016), Young, educated and unemployed: Youth unemployment among university graduates in Nepal is three times higher than among those without education, by Sangita Thebe Limbu (nt 19/02/2016)

Our remit: Until it is possible to create jobs for them at home, make it as easy as possible for Nepali migrant workers to earn more overseas (nt 19/02/2016)

NAFEA set to launch another round of strike (kp 12/02/2016)

Nepal to host regional conference to protect migrants’ rights (kp 08/02/2016)

Govt mulls system for accreditation of academic qualification (ht 06/02/2016)

NAFEA threatens to stop sending migrants abroad (kp 04/02/2016)

Women continue to fall prey to lure of foreign jobs, by Raju Adhikari (rep 02/02/2016)

Worker outflow shrinks by 22.49pc (ht 30/01/2016)

Flawed agency relationship: Increase in remittance has for now partly solved the issues of employment and balance of payment, by Prakash Chandra Lohani (kp 29/01/2016)

Recruiting agencies telling twisted tale? Govt figures contradict what lobbyists say about Nepali migrant workers, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 14/01/2016)

Show you care: More needs to be done to protect migrant workers who keep Nepal’s economy afloat (kp 12/01/2016)

Jobless southerners take to smuggling gasoline, by Abdesh Kumar Jha (kp 07/01/2016)

Unbearable Pain, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (rn 30/12/2015)

Overseas labour migration drops 22.59 per cent (ht 23/12/2015)

Migrants in trouble: Doing away with anomalies, by Shobhakar Parajuli (kp 08/12/2015)

Free taining to benefit 10,000 migrants (kp 27/11/2015)

Unhelpful move for domestic help: Govt set to open Gulf, Malaysia for Nepali housemaids, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 08/11/2015)

Overstay threatens South Korean jobs for Nepali worker, by Santosh Pokhrel (rep 07/11/2015)

Qatar is reforming labour laws, but is Nepal? Nepal first needs to reform its own laws to protect Nepali migrant workers in the Gulf, by Om Astha Rai (nt 06/11/2015), Working away from home: One in every five people in Doha is a Nepali migrant worker, by Pattabi Raman (nt 06/11/2015)

Nepali migrants: In search of better opportunities, by Shobhakar Parajuli (ht 02/11/2015)

The greener grass on the other side, by Weena Pun (kp 31/10/2015)

The long view: Nepalis are leaving the country because it does not have a favourable environment for work, by Sujeev Shakya (kp 27/10/2015)

More than 8,000 pass Korean language test, by Devendra Sambahamphe (kp 09/10/2015)

Earthquake-displaced get job demolishing buildings, by Harihar Singh Rathaur (kp 06/10/2015)

Job market data paints a worrying picture: Problem of labour underutilisation high among literate, rich, urban population (ht 23/09/2015)

New constitution: 'Jobless allowance’ removed from draft (kp 17/09/2015)

FEPB plans more support for migrant workers, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 16/09/2015)

More foreigners seeking permit to work in Nepal, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 28/08/2015)

Employment in South Korea: Nepali migrants to benefit from new Korea guidelines, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 19/08/2015)

Race to the bottom: Unemployment creation, honouring the worst (nt 14/08/2015)

Migrant departures down by 2.9pc (kp 09/08/2015)

M’sia, Gulf ready to hire workers under new rule (kp 07/08/2015)

Nepali workers top Tibetans’ wantlist, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 04/08/2015)

Foreign job fraud cases increase (ht 02/08/2015)

90,000 not eligible for free visa, ticket, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 27/07/2015), Manpower agents end strike after 31-point deal with government, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 27/07/2015), Workers flay govt-NAFEA deal (kp 28/07/2015), NAFEA divided
over new govt regulations
(kp 31/07/2015)

113,000 new jobs to be created this fiscal year (kp 27/07/2015)

Not just a ticket: Without imparting skills to migrant workers, the free visa policy will only generate unproductive remittances, by Himalaya Kharel (24/07/2015)

Out of work: Allowance to the unemployed cannot be a long term solution for joblessness (kp 24/07/2015)

Seasonal workers throng Chitwan as locals opt for foreign jobs, by Pawan Yadav and Bechu Gaud (kp 19/07/2015)

Number of migrants leaving for foreign jobs on the decline, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 19/07/2015)

Employment in Malaysia: Govt set to allow biometric system, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 17/07/2015)

Govt plans to enforce work permit rule: Hiring of foreign workers without legal process causing losses in millions (ht 17/07/2015)

‘Fraudulent activities widespread’ (kp 09/07/2015)

Foreign employment firms to stop sending workers: Say labor demand will be diverted to other countries, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 08/07/2015), Recruiting agencies start indefinite strike (kp 09/07/2015), Free visa and ticket row: Manpower agencies launch protest, demand high-level commission to study the new provision; State minister for labour and employment says government won’t give into pressure (ht 09/07/2015), Our business more important than workers: Agencies, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 09/07/2015), Govt decision to waive visa fee, airfare gets vote of confidence from workers: The provision, if strictly enforced, would benefit some 3.5 million Nepalis working in Gulf states and Malaysia, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 10/07/2015), Who is against zero-cost migration and why? Labour recruiters are protesting their right to keep on cheating poor Nepali migrant workers, by Om Astha Rai (nt 10/07/2015), Recruiting agencies continue strike; govt not to back down, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 15/07/2015), ‘Strike of recruiting agencies untenable’ (kp 16/07/2015), Govt, manpower agencies talks end inconclusively (ht 18/07/2015), Provision to be enlisted in labour pacts (kp 20/07/2015), ‘Suspend new provision until labour agreement’: Foreign employment agencies want free visa, ticket provision halted (kp 20/07/2015), Govt, manpower companies refuse to budge: Row related to free visa and ticket provision hits foreign employment sector hard (ht 23/07/2015), Recruiting firms to resume service, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 26/07/2015), Recruitment agencies’ protest labelled ‘sham’ (kp 26/07/2015)

New provision comes into effect: DoFE expects it will take two weeks to send workers under ‘free visa and ticket’ facility (ht 07/07/2015)

NAFEA’s 23rd AGM today (ht 02/07/2015)

Demand for Nepalis workers may decrease in Malaysia, by Ram Chandra Giri and Roshan Sedhai (kp 27/06/2015)

Number of workers going abroad rises gradually (ht 26/06/2015)

MoLE enforces new provision for migrants: Job-seekers eyeing seven labour destinations to be able to go at zero cost from July 6 (ht 25/06/2015), NAFEA to protest free visa, ticket provision (kp 28/06/2015), Recruiting agencies stage protests (kp 29/06/2015), House panel hails MoLE’s new provision: Says free visa and ticket rules should be implemented for countries that have signed labour agreement (ht 30/06/2015)

Reconstruction phase can offer alternative to foreign employment, by Sujan Dhungana (rep 25/06/2015)

Plight of Nepalis in Malaysia: Migrants systematically rendered 'undocumented', by Kosh Raj Rai (rep 24/06/2015)

New Agenda For Donor Conference: Making Migration Free For Nepalese, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 23/06/2015)

Road to recovery: Japan and Korea can jhelp by increasing their quotas for Nepali migrant workers, by Birat Anupam (rep 22/06/2015)

‘Decision to regulate labour outflow not well-thought-out plan’ (kp 17/06/2015)

Government gearing up to send workers as domestic help (ht 16/06/2015)

Govt to introduce new rules for manpower agencies: Initial cost of job-seekers to seven labour destinations to come down drastically, by Pushpa Raj Acharya (ht 13/06/2015), Free ticket, visa for seven labor destinations, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 13/06/2015)

No approval unless migrants get free visa, ticket: Govt, by Roshan Sedai (kp 05/06/2015)

Guaranteeing Constitutional Right To Employment, by Lok Nath Bhusal (rn 05/06/2015)

Labour shortage hits businesses, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 05/06/2015)

Orientation for outbound workers outside Valley too: Applications sought from firms to run training schools in nine districts (ht 02/06/2015)

Labour shortage: Capital grapples with soaring costs, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 28/05/2015), Create jobs within: The government also needs to be clear about several aspects of its financial assistance plan for the victims (ht 28/05/2015)

Number of foreign job-seekers nearly halved, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 27/05/2015), Nepali migrant workers: Around 4,000 returning home daily after quakes (kp 28/05/2015)

Earthquake rattles foreign employment sector, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 05/05/2015)

Number of people leaving for foreign jobs up 16.66pc (ht 25/04/2015)

Outbound female domestic help: Govt set to revise restrictions on age, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 24/04/2015)

Law requires domestics to be produced at Nepal missions every 4 months, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 24/04/2015)

Govt preparing send workers to Malaysia free of cost, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 21/04/2015), Govt in ambitious bid
to safeguard workers: Two-pronged strategy: Improve workers’ conditions or stop sending them there
(kp 22/04/2015)

Preps to send Nepali workers to Israel: Ministry to table proposal soon (kp 19/04/2015)

Nepal’s labour black-market: Greed of a few recruiting agencies and top bureaucrats has landed many Nepalis in trouble at work destinations, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 14/04/2015), ‘Weak regulation fuel fraud cases’ (kp 14/04/2015)

Ministry to increase guarantee amount posted by agencies, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 12/04/2015)

Middle men muddy the waters, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 11/04/2015)

Zero cost migration, really?, by Om Astha Rai (nt 10/04/2015), Belabouring the obvious (nt 10/04/2015)

Housemaids in M'sia, gulf: Nepali missions against lifting employment ban on women, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 03/04/2015)

Nepal tourism generated 487k direct jobs in 2014 (kp 01/04/2015)

Domestic jobs abroad: Women continue to fall prey to traffickers, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 31/03/2015)

At least two Nepalis die abroad daily, by Ramesh Shrestha (kp 27/03/2015), Call to make post-mortem mandatory, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 28/03/2016)

Educated and unemployed: More women are pursuing education degrees, but it will be difficult to gainfully engage them in work, by Deepak Thapa (kp 26/03/2015)

Relief fund for stranded illegal migrants in offing (ht 24/03/2015)

Govt to establish Labour Dept branches outside Kathmandu, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 22/03/2015)

Govt unveils umbrella employment policy (ht 22/03/2015)

Youths call for transparent use of workers’ welfare fund (kp 19/03/2015)

Eight foreign job-seekers duped every day (ht 19/03/2015)

Agents add to Nepali migrants’ expenses, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 15/03/2015)

‘Janajatis more prone to foreign job fraud’ (kp 10/03/2015)

Easing the passage: Even as hundreds of Nepali men continue to take out loans for foreign employment at exorbitant interest rates, the government is yet to come up with a scheme to stop the trend, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 07/03/2015)

Unemployment: A Perennial Problem, by Krishna Prasad Acharya (rn 05/03/2015)

Recruitment firms resist regulation on transparency, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 01/03/2015)

Stakeholders stress on creating jobs at home: Say lack of opportunities forcing youths to fly abroad (kp 01/03/2015)

NAFEA directed to form new exec body (kp 27/02/2015)

Migrant worker welfare: Govt works to double insurance, relief pays, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 22/02/2015)

NAFEA members quit in protest of ‘power abuse’ (kp 15/02/2015)

All about the attitude: The Nepali government has already created workplace policies that should help women in the workplace; But unless the men who run organisations willingly implement them, working women will continue to be treated unfairly, by Chahana Sigdel (kp 14/02/2015)

Online measure to monitor pre-departure orientation (kp 13/02/2015)

Plans to establish labour bank in limbo (ht 13/02/2015)

NAFEA excom members plan to resign en masse (kp 12/02/2015)

Govt raises medical fees for migrant workers (kp 08/02/2015)

Action sought against bio-med test providers, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 05/02/2015)

Bank transaction must for foreign job agencies, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 04/02/2015)

Thousands apply at PSC for govt jobs as deadline nears (ht 02/02/2015), Applicants want PSC exams decentralised, by Gaurav Thapa (kp 04/02/2015)

Flawed narrative: Poverty and lack of economic opportunities has meant that Nepal is rapidly losing its working-age population to oberseas, by Mukesh Khanal (rep 02/01/2015)

Foreign job seekers increase: Number of people looking for employment abroad up 20pc (ht 01/02/2015), Outward bound (ht)

Unfulfilled promises: Dreams shattered and neck deep in debt, families of migrant workers who die abroad struggle to get by, by Debendra Basnet (rep 28/01/2015), Scholarships for children of deceased migrant workers in offing (rep 28/01/2015)

Youths departing for foreign jobs swindled (ht 27/01/2015)

DoFE directs manpower companies to use banking channel to collect fees (ht 22/01/2015)

Malaysia enforces bio-metric system for migrant labor: Recruiting firms threaten to stop processing Malaysia-bound workers, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 19/01/2015), Nepali migrants to Malaysia: Biometric screening is a go (kp 22/01/2015), Malaysia confirms implementation of biometric health test: Irate manpower agencies form joint struggle committee to put pressure on government, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 24/01/2015), Foreign job firms against biometric health screening (kp 25/01/2015), CA panel instruction to halt biometric screening (kp 29/01/2015)

Foreign employment: Govt’s 7-day ultimatum to agencies, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 18/01/2015), DoFE asks manpower agencies to submit details by Friday: Those that fail to comply will face legal action (ht 18/01/2015)

83pc of economically inactive people literate (ht 16/01/2015)

Evaluation mechanism for labour markets in offing: Only countries securing 60 marks to be listed as eligible destinations, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 15/01/2015)

Govt preparing to lower ceiling on recruitment fees, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 15/01/2015)

Committee to identify five new labour destinations (ht 12/01/2015), Govt working to send Nepali workers to Japan, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 12/01/2015)

Employment rate in Valley highest in Bhaktapur: Latest CBS report shows 22.25 per cent of employed population are engaged in retail, wholesale trade (ht 10/01/2015)

No country for women: Despite a ban, women migrant workers come back from the Gulf in the thousands with harrowing tales of economic and physical exploitation, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 09/01/2015)

Why so many deaths? Without documented causes of death, there is a lot of speculation to identify the reasons for the high rates of death among Nepali migrant workers, by Buddha Basnyat (nt 09/01/2015)

46 pc people of working age group ‘economically inactive’, by Rupak D. Sharma (ht 09/01/2015)

Retaining youths: Population dividend has remained just a dream in Nepal as the nation faces an acute shortage of manpower, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 07/01/2015)

More Nepalis vie for 3rd-country jobs: Charm of seasonal labour market in India gives way to more stable, better paying works (kp 07/01/2015)

Loan-ly ride: From the moment they leave home and throughout their stay abroad they cannot think of beyond paying back loan, by Ravi Lochan Paudyal (rep 03/01/2015)

Foreign employment: 262 women go missing in a year (kp 02/01/2015)

Labour sector reforms afoot: Government takes numerous initiatives to organise migration (ht 01/01/2015)

Rights of migrant workers: Broader coordination stressed to prevent labour exploitation (kp 30/12/2014)

Foreign employment fraud up 14.83 pc, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 29/12/2014)

Departure of migrant workers up 24% (rep 25/12/2014)

Manpower agencies defy govt direction (ht 24/12/2014)

Migration blues: Nepali migrant workers routinely undergo physical, mental and sexual harasssment and often work for extremely low salaries, by Rebanta Bahadur K.C. (rep 24/12/2014)

Experts call for reducing social cost of migration (rep 22/12/2014)

Profile of recruiting agencies: Dept turns deaf ear to House panel order (kp 21/12/2014)

Migration gains: Migration has been an alternative livelihood opportunity for many Nepali households, by Moheindu Chemjong (rep 20/12/2014)

A great coming storm: Complex social conflicts loom, unless Nepal creates jobs for returning migrants from India and overseas, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 19/12/2014)

Jobs in Gulf, Malaysia: Govt to lower migrant woman age bar to 25, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 19/12/2014) [including reports on other rape cases]

Govt sticks to conditions for sending domestic workers, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 18/12/2014)

Female migrant domestiv workers: Govt may lift ban, on safety condition, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 05/12/2014)

Countries have to sign MoU to get Nepali ‘help’, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 04/12/2014)

Overworked and underpaid: Stakeholders urge government to take initiative to ensure minimum wages for workers, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 04/12/2014)

Workers without frontier, working sans safety net, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 27/11/2014)

IRLC investigating manpower agencies (ht 21/11/2014)

Government plans to explore new labour destinations (ht 20/11/2014)

Cabinet nod sought for Labour Bank, by Ramesh Shrestha (kp 18/11/2014)

Money to work: National policies and plans must acknowledge the relationship between migration and climate change adaptation, by Soumyadeep Banerjee and Meena Poudel (rep 15/11/2014)

MRP delay costing migrant workers lucrative jobs, by Ritesh Tripathi (rep 13/11/2014)

Regulating manpower agencies: Recruitment fees through banking channel only: Panel (kp 10/11/2014), Recruitment fees to manpower firms only through banks soon, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 10/11/2014), Labour Ministry told to profile manpower firms, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 12/11/2014)

Call for labour pact in job destinations: Nepal pressed to allow female domestic helps, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 09/11/2014)

Challenges Before Labor Migration, by Jacqueline Groth (sp 07/11/2014), Labour Migration: There is no guarantee that they will find work. In many cases, they find themselves largely deprived of basic rights, by Jacqueline Groth (sp 21/11/2014)

Malaysia and Gulf nations hiring more Nepalis: Number of outbound workers rise by 33 per cent to 129,410 (ht 04/11/2014)

Not easy: I have seen unemployed Nepoalis spending nights in poarks and under bridges and begging in the streets of Europe and the US, by Neelam Adhikari (rep 01/11/2014)

Overseas employment: Finding new frontiers, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 31/10/2014)

Jobs in little-known countries luring Nepalis, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 29/10/2014)

Foreign jobs: Vocation training goes a long way, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 28/10/2014), No solution in prohibition: Instead of restricting women workers from visiting the Middle East, the government should be focusing on their safety and job security, by Nirmala Adhikari (kp 28/10/2014), Overcoming shortcomings in migrant labour industry, by Chahana Sigdel (kp 28/10/2014)

Hire lawyers in labour receiving nations, govt told (kp 23/10/2014)

Nepali women still going to Iraq despite govt ban: Four turned back from TIA, by Kamal Pariyar (rep 23/10/2014)

Stories of pain: Many Nepali workers are forced to work like slaves; They are not paid for months, their salaries retained and passports confiscated, by Hari Bansh Jha (rep 22/10/2014)

Over half of migrant workers from Tarai: However, hill districts account for the majority of the women leaving Nepal for foreign employment, government report shows, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 19/10/2014)

More women join labour force as men go abroad, by Binod Bhandari (kp 15/10/2014)

Foreign job seekers in the lurcH: General education consultancy swindles Rs 5 million, by Chandi Raj Dahal (ht 19/09/2014)

Foreign employment: Govt to double pay for dead, injured, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 14/09/2014)

A daily living, by Anup Ojha (kp 13/09/2014)

No bar to work in war-torn countries: Around 3,000 youths have left for war-hit nations of Asia and Africa in past six months; Nearly 2,000 permits issued for Afghanistan, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 08/09/2014)

Suicide rate among Nepali migrants up: 94 workers took their own lives in last fiscal, compared to 81 the year before, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 04/09/2014)

Govt to enforce old decision: MoLE prepares to impose complete ban on Nepali women leaving for Gulf countries to work as domestic helpers (ht 02/09/2014)

Creating jobs at home: Experts advise government and policymakers to stop being deluded with fleeting success of remittance and provide employment opportunities for its youth inside the country, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 02/09/2014), Doing it right: Government should provide job-specific training to workers and take responsibility of their security (kp 02/09/2014), Government plans to make labour importing countries more responsible, interview with Tek Bahadur Gurung (kp 02/09/2014)

Assuming fake identity: Women aspiring for work abroad are forced to accept forged passport by employment agents - thanks to flawed labor law, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 01/09/2014)

Frequent changes of chief affecting DoFE services, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 30/08/2014)

Look Before You Leap, by Hira Bahadur Thapa (kp 27/08/2014)

Govt should consult us before signing deal with Malaysia: NAFEA (rep 27/08/2014)

Every six tourists create one job in Nepal: Study, by Sangam Prasain (kp 22/08/2014)

No country for young: Promises of employment alone will not suffice to keep Nepalis from leaving (kp 15/08/2014)

Korean language test: EPS receives over 19,000 applications on day one, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 14/08/2014), Korean jobs aspirants face cops’ wrath, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 14/08/2014), Applications swamp EPS: Number of applications estimated to cross 55,000 this year, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 15/08/2014), More than 40,000 apply for EPS jobs (ht 15/08/2014)

Foreign work permits from Soalteemode (kp 13/08/2014)

Jan limit for work permit on old PPs, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 11/08/2014)

Run for employment campaign organised (ht 10/08/2014)

The final straw: Centralized medical test systrem adds financial burden to aspiring migrant workers, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 10/08/2014)

Tarai regions top charts in worker migration (ht 08/08/2014)

Govt denies FEPB funds for Nepalis stuck in Libya, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 07/08/2014)

Curbing fraud recruitment firms: Signing contract before govt official to be mandatory, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 01/08/2014)

Number of Nepali migrant workers up 16pc (ht 31/07/2014)

80k jobs to be created in small businesses, by Rajesh Khanal (kp 30/07/2014)

Govt prepares to lift Gulf ban for female workers, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 28/07/2014), More harm than good: Ban on women migrating to the Gulf for domestic work must definitely be lifted (kp 29/07/2014)

A neglected lot: Even as remittance becomes the mainstay of economy, migrant workers struggle for justice back home, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 20/07/2014)

Blood, sweat and tears: ‘The vulnerability of Nepali migrant workers to exploitation abroad is heightened by routine misconduct within Nepal’, by Damakant Jayshi (nt 18/07/2014)

55 recruitment cos banned to send workers to Qatar, by Hom Karki (kp 17/07/2014)

Manufacturing jobs increase 14.8pc in 6 years, says CBS (kp 09/07/2014)

Remittance management: Labour bank to reduce forced migration, by Weena Pun (kp 07/07/2014), Mapping migrants: Nepal must capitalise on the skills andresources of its professional diaspora (kp 08/07/2014)

Manufacturing units’ reliance on foreign workers grows (ht 28/06/2014)

Youths glad at Qatar airport job openings sans middlemen, by Shreejana Shrestha (/rep 28/06/2014)

When seeking redress, migrants prefer violence: Trust in justice system is very low, by Weena Pun (kp 25/06/2014)

Nepali workers’ departure surpasses annual records (ht 24/06/2014)

Nepali migrant workers’ woes: A fresh approach is needed, by Vikash Raj Satyal (kp 17/06/2014)

NSU demands jobs, loan for one lakh youths (ht 16/06/2014)

Chasing mirage: The number of migrant workers is increasinf; This poses serious challenges for the country, by Shristi Kafle (rep 14/06/2014)

Migrant workers lack access to justice: Report (ht 12/06/2014), Lax law to blame for migrant woes: Report (kp 13/06/2014)

'Rratify UN convention on migrant worker rights': DoFE not enforcing contractual rights, oblicagtions (rep 11/06/2014)

Foreign employment fraud on rise (ht 01/06/2014)

Lack of opportunities: Rising jobless youth, by Lekker de Jong (ht 30/05/2014), Call to retain foreign-bound workers (kp 31/05/2014)

From Katari to Qatar:Beset by political troubles, the Nepali state, both directly and indirectly, has forced its citizens to migrate, by Sanjay Sharma (kp 30/05/2014)

Who benefits from jobs generated by foreign investment?, by Rudra Pangeni /rep 16/05/2014)

72 workers die each month in foreign employment (nn 16/05/2014)

Foreign Employment: Is It Sustainable?, by Krishna Prasad Acharya (rn 13/05/2014)

Most migrants die due to cardiac arrest (ht 13/05/2014)

Around half a million migrant workers leave Nepal annually: Govt (nn 12/05/2014)

Foreign migrants lack training: Orientation centres found ‘selling’certificates to workers, by Ramesh Shrestha (ht 08/05/2014)

Women migrant workers flying to Gulf via India to skirt age limit rule, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 04/05/2014)

Youths still under unemployment spell: ILO report (kp 30/04/2014), Govt has to play role of facilitator for Nepali youth: ILO (ht 30/04/2014)

Agencies providing orientation to migrant workers required to furnish details online, by Sreejana Shrestha (rep 23/04/2014)

Foreign jobs dept plans database of migrant workers: Bid to discourage fake certificates (kp 21/04/2014)

2 migrant workers dying abroad per day, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 20/04/2014), Nepali migrant workers dying at higher rate, by Shreejana Shrestha (rep 22/04/2014)

The long wait to bid final farewell: Families of deceased Nepali migrant workers wait for months, even years, to receive bodies of loved ones, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 19/04/2014)

Hard choice: Women workers abroad (rep 17/04/2014)

Plight of undocumented Nepali migrants, by Subarna Poudel (ht 16/04/2014)

Work begins for all-in-one foreign employment services, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 14/04/2014)

Nepal to ink labor accord with three countries soon (rep 13/04/2014)

Half dozen candidates eye top NAFEA post: NAFEA, the umbrella organisation of recruitment companies, is holding the election on April 26 (kp 06/04/2014)

DoFE shifting to a bigger, better location (ht 03/04/2014)

After SLC, students go to India for job (kp 03/04/2014)

Misuse of migrant workers’ welfare fund goes rampant, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 30/03/2014)

Agents visit villages to send youths abroad, by Thakur Singh Tharu (kp 27/03/2014)

Gov penalizes 44 manpower companies, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 26/03/2014)

Board to get chief in ‘two weeks’ (kp 25/03/2014)

Govt’s work permit plan for foreigners ineffective, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 24/03/2014)

Udayapur youth turn to self-employment, by Sanjeev Giri (kp 23/03/2014)

Cases filed at DoFE against manpower agencies up 32pc (ht 20/03/2014)

Youth fund plans to raise loan limit to Rs 500k (kp 20/03/2014)

Fund piles up, govt lacks plans for migrants’ care, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 19/03/2014), Two years on, Board without executive (kp 19/03/2014)

Majority of foreign job migrants from Dhanusha district (ht 18/03/2014)

No work permit without MRP from May 15, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 16/03/2014)

Bid to control high death rate of Nepali workers abroad (ht 16/03/2014$)

Except India: The lack of representation and self-definition for Nepali workers in India needs to be rectified, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 16/03/2014)

Duped and grounded in Delhi in bid to fly abroad: India becoming an alternative route for Nepali foreign job aspirants, by Devendra Bhattarai (kp 14/03/2014)

Stop it: Absence of effective policies and programs contributes the most to the great exodus, by Som Bhandari (rep 13/03/2014)

Govt misused migrant workers’ fund, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 13/03/2014)

Permits for new manpower agencies only after 2 years (kp 13/03/2014)

Illegally run manpower agencies shut (kp 09/03/2014)

42 agencies face action, 8 licences scrapped, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 05/03/2014)

Progress on ‘De Pogo’ (ht 04/03/2014)

Make details of policy buyers online: DoFE, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 03/03/2014)

DoFE padlocks five manpower offices in eastern region (ht 28/02/2014)

Migration as metaphor: Power relations are inherent in any experience of migration, by Pranaya SJB Rana (kp 26/02/2014)

DoFE set to launch ‘Mobile’ campaign (ht 24/02/2014)

DoFE scraps license of 8 manpower agencies (rep 20/02/2014)

On the move: Nepal, as a traditional labour exporter, should work harder to protect migrant rights, by Gopal Krishna Siwakoti (kp 19/02/2014)

DoFE gears for major overhaul (ht 18/02/2014)

DoFE to open Malaysia Section at Babarmahal in near future (ht 15/02/2014)

Ensuring safe migration: Government planning to bring various procedural reforms to help overseas labourers (kp 13/02/2014), Call for concerted efforts to stop female labour exploitation (kp 13/02/2014)

Nepal lumbered in ‘jobless growth’ from 2000 to 2012 (ht 13/02/2014), 550k Nepali youths enter job market every year: UNCTAD (rep 13/02/2014), Very critical (ht 14/02/2014), More jobs for youth needed: UNCTAD (kp 15/02/2014)

Job creation critical for durable economic progress in Nepal: Report (nn 12/02/2014)

62 miss flight due to negligence of labor desk, by Kriti Bhuju (rep 11/02/2014)

Over 80 officials, hiring agents face charge: Probe sees role of immigration officers, duty officers at airport desk and manpower agency owners in fraud, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 10/02/2014)

Migrant workers: A story of opportunities and challenges, by Nitya Pandey (rep 07/02/2014)

People falling prey to ‘unauthorised’ individual manpower agents (ht 04/02/2014)

Specific services for foreign jobs in a week, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 02/02/2014)

DoFE staff accused of issuing permits illegally (kp 30/01/2014)

Lack of separate pact: Domestic help: The plight continues, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 28/01/2014)

Fraudulent counselling firms for migrant workers penalised, by Roshan Sedhai (kp 23/01/2014)

Addressing the youth bulge: What Nepal can do, by Raj Kumar Baral (ht 22/01/2014)

Most cases filed at DoFE not genuine (ht 22/01/2014)

For some electric crematorium means job loss, by Pratibha Rawal (rep 21/01/2014)

The way forward: Nepal experiences labor force deficit while worrying levels of unemployment have created anguish and desperation among the youths and policymakers, by Avinash Gupta and Hari Sharma (rep 21/01/2014)

Most migrants under 25 years (ht 20/01/2014)

Job security in the Gulf: A confident democracy should have the resourcefulness to speak to the Gulf countries, to try raise job security and income levels of Nepali migrant workers, by Kanak Mani Dixit (kp 17/01/2014)

Song of development: We should not necessarily discourage labor migration, but employment creationat home is more important, by Laxmi Oli (rep 15/01/2014)

Guideline to regulate hiring of foreigners: Makes it mandatory for non-Nepalis to get work permit within a month (kp 14/01/2014), 50 firms penalised for hiring foreigners sans work permit, by Ramesh Shrestha (kp 19/01/2014), 53 organizations face action for illegally hiring foreigners, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 19/01/2014)

Govt issues work permit guidelines, by Sagar Ghimire (rep 13/01/2014)

Costs of leaving home: More and more migrant workers are returning home in coffins, leaving their families with exorbitant loans to pay off, by Dorje Gurung (kp 05/01/2014)

Govt stops Malaysia work permits (kp 02/01/2014), Govt to discuss medical system: Meeting will weigh pros and cons of Malaysian biometric test (ht 06/01/2014)

Rs 8000 pay enough to keep women migrant workers at home: UN study, by Anjali Subedi (rep 02/01/2014)

Raising the bar (kp 01/01/2014)

Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM)

Ministry of Labour and Transport Management (MoLTM)

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