Rapid assessment of the impact of the 2015 earthquake on migrant households in Nepal

Supported by: International Labour Office (ILO) and International Migration Initiative (Open Society Foundations), New York
Project duration: 25 May 2015 to 3 July 2015

In the aftermath of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck central Nepal on 25 April 2015, and its aftershocks, particularly a major one of magnitude 7.3 on 12 May 2015, issues related to the links between migration and disaster-preparedness as well as coping strategies adopted by the affected population have come to the fore. To examine such linkages Centre for Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM) at Social Science Baha undertook a quick assessment in four of the 14 severely affected districts, namely, Sindhupalchowk, Kavrepalanchowk, Dhading, and Kathmandu, to understand how households with migrants—both external and internal—have coped with the natural disaster and whether there is any evidence of greater resilience on the part of such households. The reports were compiled into Migration and Resilience: Experiences from Nepal’s 2015 Earthquake.