GoN-IOM[Press Release] Research Workshop on Migration, Remittances and Development Kicks Off in Kathmandu

22 August 2017
Kathmandu -
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A two-day workshop to share the findings of a research study: ‘Maximizing the Development Impact of Migration in Nepal” opened in Kathmandu today.

The meeting, which is being attended by government officials, development partners, diaspora associations, private recruitment agencies and the private sector, will contribute to Nepal’s policies on mainstreaming remittances into national development. 

Nepal received remittances of USD 8.1 billion in 2016 and ranks 23rd among all remittance-receiving countries in the world. In terms of the contribution of remittances to GDP, it ranks third after Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic. Over half of all Nepali households have at least one migrant family member currently abroad or living in Nepal as a returnee. 

“Financial flows from migrant workers to their home communities are one important positive aspect of the relationship between migration and development. Most research, policy development, and financial industry’s attention to date has focused on migrant workers’ remittances,” said IOM Nepal Chief of Mission Paul I. Norton. 

“This research project takes a broader and deeper look at the reality. The initiative is based on the premise that financial, human and social wealth accumulated by migrant workers abroad are interlinked, and that this accumulated wealth has real potential to substantially impact the economic and social development of Nepal,” he added. 

Ministry of Labour and Employment Joint Secretary Bhuvan Acharya said: “I believe the data and evidence generated through the research and the consultative process will provide the government, civil and private sector entities, with solid baselines against which to formulate future policies, projects and market interventions for migration and development.” 

The study covered 31 districts and three ecological belts (mountains, hills and Terai) of Nepal, and focused on data collection from Nepali households (both with and without migrants), including current migrants in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Member States, Malaysia, Korea and India. 

Key findings included the fact that remittance receiving households spent less of the money on consumption than previously thought, and that more migrants now prefer to use formal channels to send money home. Some 39 percent of remittances were spent on consumption, 28 percent on savings and loan repayment, 26 percent to purchase property, and 7 percent to businesses. Some 88 percent of migrants interviewed said that they preferred to use formal channels, mainly money transfer services or bank transfers, to remit money. 

The research was carried out by Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) and International Agency for Source Country Information (IASCI), in close coordination with the Central Bureau of Statistics and the UN Migration Agency (IOM), and was part of a project: “Research and Policy Dialogue Initiative on Migration and Development in Nepal” funded by the IOM Development Fund. 

The project was implemented by the UN Migration Agency (IOM), the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Women, Children, & Social Welfare, the International Agency for Source Country Information (IASCI), the National Planning Commission, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development and the Ministry of Finance.

For further information please contact
Paul I. Norton at IOM Nepal, Tel. +977 1 4426250, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Nepal’s Ministry of Labour and Employment, Tel +977 1 4211963, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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