25,000 Nepalese a month migrate abroad for work, mostly to the Gulf States or Malaysia. Migrants make an important financial contribution to Nepal’s economy. Currently the laws set out in the Foreign Employment Act of 2007 are not adequately enforced. This has allowed unscrupulous recruitment agencies and money lenders to deceive and take advantage of prospective migrants, leading to trafficking for exploitation or forced labor.
Call on Nepal’s political parties to ensure that laws are enforced to protect Nepalese migrant workers from exploitation, forced labor, and trafficking.