The Nepal government, in order to save its citizens from violence and exploitation, has launched a program to encourage Nepalese migrants to choose Christian nations rather than Islamic countries ones as a place of work. The initiative was announced by the Minister of Labour, Tek Bahadur Gurung. According to the politician, “the Nepalese migrants in the Arab countries are high-risk individuals. We receive news of spiritual and physical abuse directed especially against women. Hence we want to promote Europe and America as better and safer destination”.
At the moment the top five destinations chosen by migrants in Nepal are Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Altogether, approximately two million Nepalese are living and working abroad. Whereas, less than 1% live in Western nations.
Badri Bahadur Karki, spokesperson for the Department of Labor, says the question has profound social and religious implications: “We have cooperated with Christians for centuries, and they have always been very welcoming towards us. Nepalis of all faiths who work in Europe have no problems. Instead, we receive a coffin a day on average from the Islamic nations, fellow citizens who have died as a result of torture or often terrible working conditions. “