Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Himalayan Times: Over 800 workers died abroad, 160 suicides

More than 800 Nepali migrant workers lost their lives last year while working abroad. Major destinations – Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – has virtually turned into graveyards for young Nepali workers in the 25-42 years age group.
Malaysia claimed 217 lives, followed by Qatar (192), the UAE (84), and Lebanon (10). There is no report of death from war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan due to the absence of Nepali diplomatic missions in the two countries. Around 70,000 Nepalis are working in these destinations.

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