Nepal - Malaysia

Nepal Malaysia

Overview

Malaysia’s rapid economic development has been largely possible due to the inflow of migrant workers.

In recent years, the contribution of Nepali migrant workers in Malaysia has been significant. Nepal receives almost a third of its Gross Domestic Product from remittances. However, the high fees which Nepalis have to pay to recruiters combined with low pay and forced labour conditions, limit the amount remitted to families in Nepal, restricting its developmental benefits.

Our research in this corridor focuses on the gendered nature of migration and resource flows. We also examine the impact of recent agreements and policies in both countries on recruitment practices and the decision-making and perceptions of Nepali migrant workers at all stages of their journeys.