The Foreign Employment Information Booth project gives easily accessible, on-the-spot information and assistance to departing and returning migrants.
Migrant workers often do not follow legal procedures when migrating abroad for work. Even if they do, they may be unaware of even basic information about their destination countries and/or how to get support if they face problems abroad. Most Nepali migrants are not aware of their rights and duties regarding the labor laws of their destination country. The root of this problem is lack of access to information about the migration cycle and about destination countries.
Upon return, many migrants do not know the process to seek redress and justice if they have faced exploitation in their destination countries. They do not know the mechanisms of lodging a complaint or where to seek help. Likewise, Women migrant returnees that are deported and are in urgent need of support also where to get help, especially for gender-based concerns.
To address these problems the Ministry of Labor with technical and financial support from HELVETAS/Swiss Intercooperation Nepal under the SaMi project has setup an information booth at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
The information booth is operated by Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) while Pourakhi provides human resources in the form of Information officers that staff the booth.
The main work of the booth is:
To distribute material about safe migration to departing and returning migrants.
To refer returning migrants to relevant support structures in Nepal.
To identify women in need of shelter and other support and direct them to Pourakhi shelter.
To coordinate with airport authorities, police and DOFE to assist migrant workers in need.