COVID-19 is forcing an unprecedented level of reverse migration of Nepali temporary labor migrant workers from around the world. The long and pervasive global economic crisis is expected to have devastating consequences for low-paid migrant workers, who rely on foreign employment to support their families. Using qualitative research design, this study will explore the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic-related reverse migration of Nepali temporary labor migrant workers.
The proposed study is supported by International Organization for Migration (ILO) and aims to identify existing gaps, barriers and challenges that both prohibit and inhibit men and women migrant workers from accessing justice with complaints related to recruitment, and also identify practical solutions and policy changes to address these issues.
The primary objective of this study is to understand the situation of Nepali migrant workers’ access to justice amid the Covid-19 pandemic. It is expected that the study will help recommend the Government of Nepal (GoN) for the formulation and implementation of plans and strategies related to effective justice mechanisms.
The Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) at Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, invites proposals for papers on areas related to migration in the Nepali context to be presented at a conference to be held on 18-19 March 2021.The proposed papers can deal with any aspect of migration related to Nepal, including but not limited to foreign labour migration, internal migration, student migration, and Nepali migrant communities, among others.
The Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) at Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, invites proposals for papers on areas related to migration in the Nepali context to be presented at a conference to be held on 19-20 March 2020. The proposed papers can deal with any aspect of migration related to Nepal, including but not limited to foreign labour migration, internal migration, student migration, Nepali migrant communities, etc.
On behalf of Nepal Planning Commission (NPC) and with the support of ILO, CESLAM is undertaking the task of developing a monitoring and reporting framework to help the NPC establish a standard set of tools and mechanisms on labour migration-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets and indicators that would help it report the progress on SDGs to UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. The tools and mechanisms will also benefit other actors working in the area of labour and migration and the decent work agenda in Nepal.
CESLAM will provide technical support to the Government of Province 1 to develop approaches, methodological tools and indicators for the migration profile and throughout the execution of the profiling exercise. The migration profile will provide comprehensive provincial data on migration, including data on internal and international migration; in- and out-migration; migration for labour, education, and permanent settlement; skills and labour market integration of returnee migrants; and seasonal and long-term labour migration, to allow the provincial and local governments of Province 1 to optimise the benefits of migration.
CESLAM is a partner organisation of the international collaborative research project on migration and agricultural and rural change (AGRUMIG). The research project seeks to explore the two-way interface between agrarian and environmental change in migrant-sending communities, offering comparative insights between seven countries – Nepal, China, Ethiopia, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova and Morocco.
CESLAM is conducting a mapping exercise involving Private Recruitment Agencies (PRAs) that are already engaged in or interested to be engaged in fair recruitment practices. The research project seeks to prepare comprehensive profiles of the selected PRAs that recruit workers to Jordan, Malaysia and Qatar. The study will examine selected PRA’s recruitment process, including hiring, pre-deployment and post-deployment procedures.
Migration to South Korea and Japan through government-to-government (G2G) partnerships known as the Employment Permit System (EPS) and the Japan Training Cooperation Organization (JITCO), respectively, have provided some positive experiences to migrant workers, particularly in the labour migration process, and have been hailed as international best practices on foreign labour migration.
CESLAM will conduct an extensive quantitative and qualitative study exploring how parent's/parents' engagement in foreign employment affects children's health and wellbeing. This study could be instrumental in designing relevant policies, including those relating to social protection, targeting the children of migrant workers.