Press Releases and Announcements

  • Nepal Hosts Global Migration Film Festival

    18 Dec 2018, Kathmandu - A documentary portraying the lives of two Filipina women who migrate in search of better wages to support their families and pay for their children’s education was screened in Kathmandu today (18/12) as part of IOM’s 3rd Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF). The film ‘Together Apart’ portrays lives that closely resemble those of some 2.5 million Nepali migrant workers who work abroad to provide for their families back home. 

  • IOM, Nepali Local Government Partner to Build Multi-purpose Evacuation Center

    14 Dec 2018, Kathmandu – IOM and Changu Narayan Municipality in Bhaktapur District have begun work on a multi-purpose evacuation center to accommodate displaced people in the event of a disaster. The initiative is part of an IOM project: “People to People Support for Building Community Resilience through Recovery and Reconstruction in Nepal (P2P)” funded by the Royal Thai Government.

  • Asian Labour Sending Countries Meet on Migrant Workers’ Rights, Global Compact on Migration

    15 November 2018, Kathmandu - Senior officials and ministers from the 12 Colombo Process (CP) member states are meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal this week (15-16/11) to discuss the rights of migrant workers and implementation of the upcoming Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM.)

  • IOM, Partners Train Nepal National Security Forces in Emergency Response

    3 October 2018, Kathmandu - A 3-day simulation exercise, being organized by the UN Migration Agency with Dept. of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) under the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), Nepal Police and Armed Police Force, and Nepal Army to provide the National Security Forces with hands-on experience in emergency response and management of camps for internally displaced people (IDPs), has kicked off today in Kathmandu.

  • Migration Governance Assessment Calls for Better Coordination to Protect Nepali Migrants’ Rights

    4 July 2018, Kathmandu A formal inter-ministerial coordination mechanism is needed to address overall migration governance issues in Nepal – stakeholders working in the area of migration agreed at a meeting held today (4/7) in Kathmandu.

  • UN Migration Agency trains Nepali labour recruiters on ethical recruitment

    03 May 2018, Kathmandu - IOM, the UN Migration Agency has launched a two-day training course on ethical recruitment for Nepali labour recruiters in Kathmandu.  The training is designed to increase recruiters’ understanding of ethical recruitment practices, and provides practical information on how recruiters can prepare for the launch of the International Recruitment Integrity System (IRIS) at the end of 2018.  

  • Labour Migration a key contributor to GDP

    27 April 2018, Kathmandu – Nepal received remittances of NPR 699 billion (USD 6.56 billion) in FY 2016/17 and ranks fourth in the world in terms of the contribution of remittances to GDP, according to a report launched today by Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, with support from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and The Asia Foundation.

  • Over 350 Nepali Migrant Workers Assisted By Qatar Development Fund in Past Two Years: IOM

    21 Dec 2017, Kathmandu - Over 350 vulnerable Nepalis, including victims of human trafficking, stranded and irregular migrant workers have been helped to return home from abroad over the past two years through a project implemented by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and funded by the Qatar Development Fund (QDF.)

  • Women migrant workers still working under unclear, unfair contracts, study finds, despite availability of best-practice templates Reduction

     21 December 2017, Kathmandu, Nepal - Hundreds of thousands of women migrant workers in the Middle East have signed employment contracts that they do not understand or do not adequately protect them against discrimination and abuse, according to a recent study carried out by UN Women and the International Organization for Migration with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. 

  • Migration Film Festival Held in Kathmandu

    14 December 2017, Kathmandu As part of IOM’s second annual Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF), which is taking place around the world 5 – 18 December 2017, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) hosted a film screening in Kathmandu today (14/12). The screening of the documentary ‘This is Not Paradise,’ written and directed by Gaia Vianello and Lisa Tormena, also marks International Migrants Day on December 18th.