The number of permits issued to Nepalis aspiring to work in various countries has gone down in the past few months.
In the first four months of the current fiscal year, the Department of Foreign Employment issued a total of 147,297 work permits—under the recruiting agency and individual categories—for re-entry, new entry and legalisation.
The fall is attributed to the halt to departures for Malaysia, Nepal’s biggest labour market. Nepal stopped labour migration to Malaysia in mid-May following a crackdown on agencies that illegally charged hefty fees under various headings from Malaysia-bound workers.
Between mid-July and mid-November, a total of 64,176 final labour permits were issued to migrant workers who entrusted recruiting agencies with the visa process.