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Jobless and without pay, migrant workers are returning home. But they have no recourse for compensation

The Kathmandu Post, Nepal, 4 July 2020 - In January, when Kalim Miya migrated to Sharjah, the third-largest city in the United Arab of Emirates, he paid nearly 35 times more than the price ceiling set by the government to go overseas for employment.

For a taxi driver’s job, Miya from Laxmi Bazar, Gorkha, had paid Rs345,000 to a Kathmandu-based recruitment agency.

When Miya returned home on June 22 in an evacuation flight, he had no money on him.

“I did not get even one-month’s salary during my time in Sharjah,” Miya told the Post.

After returning home, Miya has been staying in a quarantine facility at Shree Manakamana Deaf Residential Secondary School in Gorkha Municipality-9.

“I had taken some money with myself when I left for Sharjah. Once I reached there, I had to keep asking for money from my family to survive,” Miya said.

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Source: https://kathmandupost.com/national/2020/07/04/jobless-and-without-pay-migrant-workers-are-returning-home-but-they-have-no-recourse-for-compensation

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