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Governing Labour Migration in Nepal:An Analysis of Existing Policies and Institutional Mechanisms

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Governing Labour Migration in Nepal: An Analysis of Existing Policies and Institutional Mechanisms
Bandita Sijapati and Amrita Limbu
2012, pp.viii+286
ISBN: 978 9937 587 03 7
Price: US$ 20
Governing Labour Migration in Nepal
looks at the legal and policy framework that regulates migrant labour originating in Nepal. It examines the country’s laws related to foreign employment, bilateral agreements signed with destination countries and international conventions ratified, all of which directly or indirectly govern labour migration from Nepal. Analysing the implications and relevance of the legal and policy regimes currently in place and identifying the gaps therein, the book provides recommendations that would help bring convergence in the welfare and rights standards enshrined in the various instruments. This volume will be a valuable addition to the literature on foreign labour migration, a subject that is gaining greater significance the world over.

Bandita Sijapati is Research Director at the Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility. She has a PhD from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, New York, and a master’s degree from Columbia University, New York. Her most recent publications include ‘Learning Democracy: International Education and Political Socialization’ (with M. Hermann) in S. Brown (ed), Transnational Transfers and Global Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); ‘In Pursuit of Recognition: Regionalism, Madhesi Identity and the Madhes Andolan’ in M. Lawoti and S. Hangen (eds), Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict: Identities and Mobilization after 1990 (Routledge, 2012); and ‘Being and Belonging: Mapping the Experiences of Nepali Immigrants in the United States’ in J. Pfaff-Czarnecka and G. Toffin (eds), Facing Globalisation in the Himalayas: Belonging and the Politics of the Self (Sage, forthcoming), and ‘Nepali Transmigrants: An Examination of Transnational Ties among Nepali Immigrants in the United States’, European Bulletin of Himalayan Research (Autumn 2009-Spring 2010).

Amrita Limbu is a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility. She has a master’s degree in South Asian Studies from Pondicherry University, India, and also a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights. She is the co-author with Bandita Sijapati (and Manisha Khadka) of Trafficking and Forced Labour in Nepal: A Review of the Literature (Himal Books, 2011).

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