Collaborating/Funding Agency: Ryerson University, Canada
Duration: March 2021 to Ongoing
COVID-19 is forcing an unprecedented level of reverse migration of Nepali temporary labour 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. This study will specifically focus on a) the past migration pathways for the returnee migrants; b) the circumstances surrounding their return; and c) their future aspirations. The potential benefits of this study will be to better understand how the global pandemic has changed the livelihoods and future aspirations of temporary migrant workers. The research has its policy relevance in identifying the immediate, mid-term, as well as long-term needs and concerns of returnee migrant workers and their families. This study is being carried out in collaboration with Ryerson University, Canada.