The hassles for migrant workers like Gurung start in their home countries: a rent-seeking state, unfriendly bureaucracy, extraction by recruiters, harrassment at immigration. When they get to the host country, most are not paid promised wages or amenities, housemaids are often abused, and there is no compensation for injuries or death.
Bargaining Power, Editorial
Paying an arm and a leg, Om Astha Rai
The Colombo Process is a platform for labour-sending countries like Nepal to share best practices, like the agreement it recently signed with Malaysia to clean up the system. The Kathmandu Declaration on Friday will allow labour exporting countries in Asia to cooperate rather than compete, and improve their bargaining position.
“We want to push for a common understanding among labour-sending countries to help each other’s citizens stranded in any corner of the world,” Labour Minister Gokarna Bista told Nepali Times in an interview.