“The number of permits issued by the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE) is 5,955,051 till last fiscal year. Among the 110 officially open destinations, Gulf Cooperation Council, or GCC, (64%) countries, Malaysia (30%) and others (6%) have been hosting Nepali migrant workers. Nepali migrant workers sent home $8.1 billion in 2018, contributing around 32.1 % of GDP. As per the data presented by the Foreign Employment Information Management System (FEIMS) in 2018, 74.5% of the migrant workers are unskilled, 24% semiskilled and only 1.5% are skilled, which shows that unskilled Nepali workers are mostly employed in difficult, dirty and dangerous (3D) works. Consequently they are more prone to various forms of ill treatment in the countries where they have migrated.  COVID-19 has been amplifying those problems 10 times more.”