An editorial follow-up of The Kathmandu Post to Amnesty International’s Press Release ‘Nepal: Migrant workers failed by government, exploited by businesses’
Dec 20, 2017-More than two years since the implementation of the ‘free visa, free ticket’ policy for out-migrant workers by the government, this scheme has been largely ignored by recruiting agencies. And the government is not doing enough to enforce it. Potential out-migrant workers continue to suffer from a lack of information and fall into numerous illegal traps.
Amnesty International Nepal submitted a letter to His Excellency Lasse Bjørn Johannessen, ambassador of Norway on 18 December sharing Amnesty International’s concern on the forcible returns of the Afghan asylum seekers from Norway and other European countries to Afghanistan where they face imminent threat to their lives and abuses of human rights. Amnesty Nepal also sent signatures of 63 Amnesty activists who had demonstrated before the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kathmandu on Friday, 15 December.
Amnesty International Press Release on International Migrants Day Nepal: Migrant workers failed by government, exploited by businesses
New research by Amnesty International has exposed how the Nepali government’s failure to crack down on recruitment agencies which charge illegal fees for jobs abroad is leaving migrant workers trapped in a vicious cycle of debt and exploitation.
The organization found that almost two-thirds of Nepali migrant workers who responded to a survey, carried out in Nepal and Malaysia and published today, had paid excessive, illegal recruitment fees.
“Nepali migrant workers are being systematically and mercilessly set up. Forced to take out loans to pay the huge fees recruitment agencies charge them to work abroad, they are left so indebted that they have no choice but to stay in jobs which often turn out to be low-paid or dangerous,” said James Lynch, Deputy Director of Amnesty International's Global Issues Programme.
“The Nepali government’s weak enforcement of the law is playing straight into the hands of extortionists and loan sharks. Migrant workers all too often end up trapped in the soul-destroying situation of working abroad for years simply to pay off the huge, often illegal fees they were charged to take the job. Tackling this exploitative industry is a matter of urgency.”
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