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New figures for old stories: Migration and remittances in Nepal

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  • Michael KOLLMAIR

    () (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Kathmandu, Nepal)

  • Siddhi MANANDHAR

    () (NCCR North-South South Asia Coordination Office, Kathmandu, Nepal)

  • Bhim SUBEDI

    () (Department of Geography, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal)

  • Susan THIEME

    () (University of Zurich, Switzerland)

Abstract

Labour migration and remittances are major economic main-stays for Nepal’s economy. However, there is still insuffi-cient documentation on scale and significance of this proc-ess. Estimations of migration figures suggest that real num-bers are several times higher than official statistics show. Therefore this article contributes to the emerging debate of the last years comparing latest national statistics with own empirical data. The paper concludes that the total numbers of migrants calculated by the authors closely corresponds with official statistics, while amount of remittances seems to be higher indeed, highlighting once more that labour migra-tion and remittances are an important mainstay of Nepal’s economy.

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  • Michael KOLLMAIR & Siddhi MANANDHAR & Bhim SUBEDI & Susan THIEME, 2006. "New figures for old stories: Migration and remittances in Nepal," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 3(2), pages 151-160, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:3:y:2006:i:2:p:151-160
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    1. Ibrahim Sirkeci & Jeffrey H. Cohen & Dilip Ratha, 2012. "Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 13092.
    2. Hom Gartaula & Leontine Visser & Anke Niehof, 2012. "Socio-Cultural Dispositions and Wellbeing of the Women Left Behind: A Case of Migrant Households in Nepal," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 108(3), pages 401-420, September.
    3. repec:spr:demogr:v:54:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1007_s13524-017-0588-9 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Nathalie Williams & Dirgha Ghimire & William Axinn & Elyse Jennings & Meeta Pradhan, 2012. "A Micro-Level Event-Centered Approach to Investigating Armed Conflict and Population Responses," Demography, Springer;Population Association of America (PAA), vol. 49(4), pages 1521-1546, November.

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    Nepal ; labour migration ; remittances;

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