43 Nepali workers rescued from Malaysia

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jul 25, 2017-

The Embassy of Nepal in Malaysia on Monday sent home 43 Nepali migrant workers after rescuing them from the Melaka Detention Centre, the embassy said in a statement. The embassy also paid for flight tickets.

A team from the embassy had, on July 12, visited the Nepalis detained at the centre and discussed rescue plans. 

It is estimated that 1,500 Nepali migrants are languishing in different detention centres of Malaysia. 

With the recent crackdown by the Malaysia authorities on illegal workers, the number could be higher.

In the first week of the crackdown, which began with the end of the June 30 registration deadline, nearly 150 Nepali workers were arrested.

According to the Immigration Department of Malaysia, 485,000 Nepalis are currently working in the country. 

Of the total Nepali workers, the Malaysian authority estimates that nearly 25 percent are illegal.

Published: 25-07-2017 07:19

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