Social Science Baha

Labour Migration and the Remittance Economy

Bandita Sijapati, Ang Sanu Lama et al
2017, pp. xv+72
ISBN 978 9937 0 2306 1

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Labour Migration and the Remittance Economy
The Socio-Political Impact

Despite the continual rise in the number of people migrating for foreign employment and the growing body
of research on Nepal’s remittance economy, there is a dearth of knowledge on the impact of foreign labour
migration on the social and political dynamics at the local level. This study aims to fill that gap by seeking
to understand the implications of migration and remittance on social structures, including local institutions
and democratic governance, and, more precisely, on political participation and political contestation.
Fieldwork for the study was carried out in 10 locations in five districts—Panchthar, Dhanusha, Nawalparasi,
Kaski and Kailali—between April and June 2016. The study followed a mixed-methods approach in which
a total of 401 migrant and non-migrant households (HHs) were surveyed during the first stage of the
study, followed by 179 qualitative interviews and 19 focus group discussions in the second stage.
Findings from the study indicate that migration has generally been economically beneficial for migrant
HHs. But, more importantly, it has also played an important role in further facilitating broader sociopolitical
changes already underway in Nepal.