Returnee migrants prioritise tourism and agriculture



A recent study has revealed that a large of returnee migrant workers are willing to work in the tourism and sectors.

The study conducted by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has discovered that most returnees are not willing to go back abroad and would prefer to work in the country itself. The report has mentioned that agriculture, tourism, travel agencies, restaurants, catering and fast-food shops are the sectors that the returnees have prioritised to be involved in.

As per the report, 36 per cent returnees want to work in the agriculture sector. Among them, 19.7 per cent want to continue with their traditional agriculture, work while 17.2 per cent want to begin new commercial agriculture businesses. Under the agriculture sector, poultry, fruit, vegetable and tea farming are the top-most prioritised sectors.

Similarly, 31.1 per cent of returnee workers want to work in the services sector. Under this category, 65.6 per cent returnees have shown an to work in the tourism industry.

Among the several tourism options, most of the workers are interested to work as tour and trekking guides while others are planning to open their own travel agencies, hotels and restaurants, reads the report.

The report has further mentioned that all the returnees from each province have expressed their unwillingness to return abroad for employment.

The study was conducted among 3,000 returnees from all seven provinces. All the respondents in the survey have mentioned that if they get jobs in Nepal itself then they would not go

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