The Embassy of Nepal in Malaysia has rescued and repatriated 16 Nepali migrant workers, who were stranded in the Southeast Asian country.
Based on a press release issued by the embassy, the Nepali youths, all males, were in the custody of two immigration detention centres of Malaysia for weeks as they quite simply would not afford air ticket to return home.
The embassy claimed it rescued six persons from Juru Immigration Detention Centre on March 14 and 10, and others from Johor Bahru Immigration Detention Centre yesterday.
The embassy had obtained them one-way air ticket from the budget offered by Foreign Employment Promotion Board.
Since Nepali workers surviving in detention centres for long are likely to be emotionally disturbed , the embassy took the initiative for their safe rescue and repatriation by bearing the air ticket cost from the budget get from FEPB, the release said.
Almost all the migrant workers had came back home a day after their rescue, based on the embassy. In the meantime, the embassy cautioned that racketeers were getting involved in collecting money from the Nepal-based family members of migrant workers surviving in the custody of immigration detention centres of Malaysia on the pretext of their rescue.
“We have obtained complaints that a few persons have been defrauding the families of migrant workers byproviding false information about their kin’s status in Malaysia,” the embassy cautioned.
The racketeers frequently generate a sense of fear, informing Nepal-based family members of migrant workers taking shelter in immigration detention centre that they are in Malaysian jails for criminal offences and need money for release.
“We urge the concerned families in Nepal to contact the Department of Consular Service Services, Kathmandu, for more details about their kin living in Malaysian immigration detention centres. Family members must not pay even a penny for their rescue and repatriation. The embassy offers them with one-way free ticket,” the press release claimed.
On March 13, the embassy had rescued and repatriated 23 Nepali migrant workers from Malaysia. Along with taking out maximum recruitment charges from migrant workers, recruitment agents and agencies use another fraudulent and coercive different ways to compel migrants to work in situations that mental abuse their human and labour rights. The migrant workers are deceived in some form about the terms and conditions of their foreign employment.
Based on a report published by Amnesty International, false promises about salaries and working types of conditions are generally combined with another mechanisms of coercion applied by recruitment agencies that limit migrant workers’ freedom of movement and compel them to carry out labour that they absolutely did not originally consent to.