Swahbhiman – Informed Citizens for Safer Migration

Swahbhiman – Informed Citizens for Safer Migration

Background

Actions through a two-year project, “Swabhiman – Informed Citizens for Safer Migration,” will produce an adequate amount of knowledge and a way forward available for resolving issues related to foreign employment by informing, alarming, and associating the major stakeholders.

Comprehensive research will be conducted to unearth the truthful information, which will help identify the bottlenecks and opportunities prevailing in the foreign employment industry. An in-depth mapping of the foreign employment sector allows us to understand the intricacies that have troubled migrant workers from the early stage of application for foreign employment, during employment, and until returning home. This project will also help the individuals and CSOs work for migrant workers by supplying meaningful information to enrich their efforts and contributions.

A series of information sharing workshops conducted in all provinces and at the federal level to educate the aspirant migrant workers and other key stakeholders nationwide. These workshops will involve thematic experts who will share the research outcomes and its recommendations, recent initiatives of the government, and information on the fundamental rights of migrant workers and best practices adopted by other countries. These events will provide clear directions and much clarity in the foreign employment sectors, helping the stakeholders contribute to the industry efficiently and ethically.

Samata Foundation will design a comprehensive Communication Campaign to disseminate information related to safer migration. Similarly, the necessary informative guidelines for understanding the processes and procedures for safer migration will also be prepared for the migrant workers. The Nepali society will be sensitized on the practical matters such as associated pros and cons, the employment process, visa processing, labor approval process, training, labor rights, insurance policies, remuneration, transfer of money, working conditions abroad, risks, and so on. With such knowledge, a person will be able to make a conscious decision about employment.

The increase in informed migrant workers will significantly reduce the potential risk of labor exploitation and forced labor. The migrant workers will realize the importance of pre-departure information. They will increase their skills appropriate to foreign employment. Empowered with the knowledge and skills, they can tackle the deceptive and coercive recruitment practices that facilitate trafficking and forced labor. The practice of ethical recruitment is promoted with ensured safety, security, and dignity of the migrant workers.

There has been a considerable absence of information in the foreign employment sector. More and more people are attracted to foreign employment, but few would be informed and have taken conscious decisions. Many leave the country searching for employment without adequate information on the prospects, risks, procedures, benefits, and working conditions.

Project Location

All Seven Provinces

Project Duration

2019 – 2021

Objectives

  1. To help improve the foreign employment sector through an in-depth study of the foreign employment sector, raise awareness among Nepali migrant workers, and share and educate other key stakeholders.

Funding Partner

Humanity United

Expected Outcomes

Following are the short-term outcomes of the project intervention:

  1. Informed migrant workers

Aspirant migrant workers will be informed and make conscious decisions regarding foreign employment.

  1. Improved quality of work-life of migrant workers

The increase in informed migrant workers will significantly reduce the potential risk of labor exploitation and forced labor. The migrant workers will realize the importance of pre-departure information. They will increase their skills appropriate to foreign employment. Empowered with the knowledge and skills, they can tackle the deceptive and coercive recruitment practices that facilitate trafficking and forced labor. The practice of ethical recruitment is promoted with ensured safety, security, and dignity of the migrant workers.

  1. Effective engagement of CSOs and other agencies

Informed CSOs and concerned agencies will have a meaningful contribution to the sector’s improvement.