Impact of COVID-19 on Nepali Migrant Workers: Support from PNCC for Return and Reintegration

Collaborating/Funding Agency: Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC)

Duration: 2021

Migrant workers, including Nepali labour migrants, are among the most affected by the health and economic impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has further exacerbated the migrant worker’s access to justice which was already a significant challenge before the pandemic. This study looked at the impact of COVID-19 crisis on Nepali migrant workers in four major destinations - Malaysia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Additionally, the situation of access to justice of migrant workers in destination countries and at home and the reintegration experience of returnee migrants was examined. The study used mixed method consisting of literature review, survey and in-depth interviews with current and returnee migrants and as well as key informant interviews to collect information on the impact of COVID-19 on Nepali migrant workers.

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