Much attention has been directed to the exploitation of low-wage migrant workers in the Middle East, where harms are commonplace and severe, and access to justice is limited. But the story of labor migration begins and ends at home.
Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Nepal is the first comprehensive analysis of how laws and institutions in Nepal succeed or fail in protecting migrant workers from harms suffered during recruitment or while working in the Middle East. The study finds that despite Nepal’s efforts to protect migrant workers, it often falls short in holding private recruitment companies and individual agents accountable.
The report presents detailed short- and long-term recommendations for government and civil society advocates that address the failures of Nepal’s migrant worker policies by treating workers as holders of defined, enforceable rights.