Kathmandu: The number of people acquiring new labor permits is increasing. According to the Department of Foreign Employment, around 750,000 Nepali people got labor permits as of July 1 of the current fiscal year, 2022/23 that is ending on July 16 as compared to around 650,000 in the previous year. According to the Department director and information officer Gurudatta Subedi, 740,000 foreign job aspirants have acquired labor permits, and most of them are aspiring to go to the Gulf countries and Malaysia.
Their other destinations include Croatia, Cyprus, France, Poland and Romania, he said. Nepal has seen an exodus of more than 60,000 youths on an average to foreign countries for jobs on a daily basis, he said, adding that 61, 845 Nepali people went for foreign employments in February-March alone. Similarly, a total of 1,396 foreign citizens have acquired labor permits to work in Nepal in the past two months alone, said Maninath Gope, technical director and spokesperson for the Department of Labor and Occupational Safety.