40% of people join foreign employment via illegal agents: Study

File: Foreign employment workers leaving Nepal
File: Foreign employment workers leaving Nepal

Kathmandu, May 1

Around 40 per cent of people interested in foreign employment seek the help of agents, who are already deemed illegal in Nepal, a survey has found.

According to a research report prepared by Jeevan Baniya and Sadikshya Bhattarai, most people know about jobs through sub-agents. The report prepared in collaboration with the Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) stated that only 32 per cent of 1,593 people knew about jobs through legally licensed recruitment agencies.

Besides being illegal, the agents are notorious for fleecing foreign employment aspirants.

Around 98 per cent of the respondents involved in the study say they had paid recruitment fees to go aboard for work. This is also illegal.

The report also states that 95 per cent mentioned understanding the language in the contract. However, it is interesting to note that some of the respondents who mentioned having understood the contract shared that the terms and conditions were verbally read out to them by the foreign employment recruitment agency.

One-third of the foreign employment workers interviewed also reported not having received the jobs they were promised in the destination country. Similarly, more than half of the reviewers had not received the jobs they were promised.

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