Nepalis joining foreign jobs set new record in the fourth month of the current fiscal year (mid-October to mid-November).
Department of Foreign Employment issued foreign job permits to 47,176 Nepalis in Kartik, which is the largest in Nepali foreign employment history. Earlier, in Shrawan (mid-July to mid-August) some 45,165 had joined foreign jobs. But migration to foreign countries has dropped in Bhadra and Ashwin due to festive season. Around 37,808 and 26,581 Nepalis had joined abroad job in Bhadra and Ashwin, respectively.
Increased unskilled workers demand in major job destinations – Qatar, Malaysia, UAE and Saudi Arabia – contributed to the record growth.
According to the department, Qatar bagged top hiring position with employing 12,875 Nepalis followed by Malaysia (10,158), UAE (9,535), Saudi Arabia (8,914) and Kuwait (2,412).
Though, the record number of Nepalis joined foreign jobs last month, outsourcers contribution has decreased significantly. Organised sector sent just half of the total migrant workers at 22,041, while 25,135 reached Gulf countries and Malaysia through individual contracts. Migration through individual contracts has started rising since last year and it had surpassed organised sector two months ago.
Women migration to foreign job has also set record in Kartik. About 7,333 Nepalis women migrant workers reached the destinations, mainly Gulf countries. Kuwait topped in women migrant workers hiring list with 958 entries in the tiny country, while Israel (291), Malaysia (245) and lebanon (103) became the second, third and forth host countries.
Gulf countries Bahrain and Oman hired 891 and 41 Nepalis, respectively in a month, whereas war-ravaged Afghanistan hired 265 Nepali workers mainly in security sector. South Korea provided jobs to 263 Nepalis including 54 from Employment Permit System (EPS).
About 35 and 15 Nepali job seekers reached Euro zone countries the UK and Finland respectively while Asia’s biggest economy Japan hired 245 Nepali workers in Kartik.
Shrawan — 45,165
Bhadra — 37,808
Ashwin — 26,581
Kartik — 47,176