Nepali migrant workers continue to seek jobs abroad even amid the Covid-19 pandemic, government data shows.

Lack of employment opportunities at home and ineffective government reintegration programmes have pushed even those who returned to Nepal due to the pandemic to go back, experts say.

“Lack of jobs at home is forcing workers to choose the path of migration once again,” said Swarna Kumar Jha, a labour migration expert. “When they lost their jobs due to the pandemic and returned home, they had hoped to get work under the government’s reintegration programmes,” he added. “But when they arrived, they didn’t know what to do.”

With the resumption of foreign employment, hundreds of Nepali migrant workers can be seen queuing up outside government offices to apply for permits

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