Labour Migration from Nepal-Factsheet: United Arab Emirates

Author(s): Sabir Ansari, Arjun Kharel and Sudeshna Thapa

Year of Publication: 2019

Published by: CESLAM and Foreign Employment Board

According to the data from the Department of Foreign Employment, over 760,000 labour permits were issued for UAE-bound Nepali workers in the last two and a half decades. The number of labour permits issued for ‘new entry’ to the UAE surged from a little over 100 in 1993/94 to over 12,000 in 2002/03, and increased almost five-folds since then to reach a record 60,000 in 2017/18.

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