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Contribution of Foreign Employment and Remittances to Nepalese Economy


  • Prof. Bijaya Shrestha

    () (Tribhuvan University)


This paper assesses the contribution of foreign employment and remittances to Nepalese economy and also identifies the in formation needs and gaps. An attempt is also made to assess the role of remittances in poverty reduction. At a time when the country's major economic indicators are not favorable, the remittances have played a vital role in maintaining macro economic stability and keeping the economy afloat. Though remittances sent home by migrant workers is a boon to the economy, the facilities are inadequate to back up the increasing trend of migration. Inadequate information on foreign employment, lack of skill training and lack of assurance of safe working environment and rights of the migrant workers have obstructed foreign employment. Formulation and effective implementation of pro poor migration policy is the need of today. The government should play a proactive role to promote foreign employment by inducting and adhering to the policy of economic diplomacy. Replicating the best practice of the region has to be endorsed in our national context for promotion and regularization of foreign employment, to encourage official transfer of remittance and to stream line the asset and skill of the returnees for the economic development of the country.

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  • Prof. Bijaya Shrestha, 2008. "Contribution of Foreign Employment and Remittances to Nepalese Economy," NRB Economic Review, Nepal Rastra Bank, Research Department, vol. 20, pages 1-15, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:nrb:journl:v:20:y:2008:p:1-15

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    1. Bhubanesh Pant Ph. D., 2006. "Remittance Inflows to Nepal: Economic Impact and Policy Options," NRB Economic Review, Nepal Rastra Bank, Research Department, vol. 18, pages 20-36, April.
    2. Barham, Bradford & Boucher, Stephen, 1998. "Migration, remittances, and inequality: estimating the net effects of migration on income distribution," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 55(2), pages 307-331, April.
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