Altogether 39 stranded Nepalese migrants, mostly victims of trafficking and exploitation have been repatriated from Beirut, Lebanon with the support from IOM (International Organisation for Migration) and the Nepal Embassy in Cairo, Egypt on Monday.
Earlier in the week IOM was approached by the Nepal Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, which also covers Lebanon, with a request for rescue and repatriation assistance of Nepalese migrants stranded in Lebanon.
According to a statement issued by the IOM, the Charge de’ Affair (CDA) Kaushal Kishor Ray recently visited Lebanon for the purpose of monitoring the working condition of the nearly 7,000 Nepalese workers currently living in Lebanon. During the visit to Lebanon, the Charge de’ Affairs observed many Nepalese women migrants working as domestic workers and house maids.
Ray, with assistance from the Non-Resident Nepal community (NRN), identified a significant number of Nepali migrants living in dire situations, residing irregularly after having overstayed their visa’s or having been trafficked into Lebanon. The Nepali migrants had fled their employers houses and were living in hiding after being mistreated, harassed and having faced multiple forms of exploitation from house owners and employers. The Charge de’ Affairs Ray also informed that with the support from the Non-Resident Nepali (NRN) community he was able to collect data and documents of many of these migrants. Upon receiving the data and information the Embassy of Nepal in Cairo was able to issue travel documents for 45 migrants of which 42 are female and 3 male. They were immediately moved to a safe house operated by Caritas Lebanon, according to IOM.
Upon the request for assistance, IOM made available resources from its Humanitarian Assistance to Stranded Migrant fund and took care of all travel arrangements for 31 migrants who were identified as being vulnerable, exploited and were subsequently screened as victims of trafficking. The remaining 8 individuals who did not fall within this category are being assisted directly by the Government of Nepal. Upon their return to Nepal, they will be sheltered in safe houses managed by Pourakhi and Prabasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC), the local civil society organizations working for the victims of trafficking and migrants. Migrants will be provided some basic assistance on their long path for reintegration.