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Support networks in the Middle East & Malaysia: A qualitative study of Nepali returnee migrants' experiences

Vol 9 No 2 (2019)

Section : Original Articles

Introduction -There is a growing research literature on Nepali migrant workers, especially on their living conditions and occupational health and safety abroad.  However, few studies have looked into the existing and/or required support networks for migrant labourers.

Objectives - To explore social support and support networks among Nepali migrant workers in the Middle East and Malaysia.

Methods -The study was conducted among Nepali men working in the Middle East and Malaysia. Twenty in-depth interviews were conducted and the interviewees were mixed in terms of age, marital status, education, ethnic background and length of stay. Qualitative data were analysed using simple thematic/interpretive approach.

Results -The participants found that having a network or existing circles of friends in the host countries making it easier for Nepali workers to migrate.  It also made their lives easier when establishing themselves abroad. 

Conclusion - The association of migrant workers doing better when having a link through existing networks in their place of migration.  Social Capital Theory helps explain the importance of these networks. 

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