The number of Nepali youth moving to foreign destinations is increasing annually, says the Nepali Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The Ministry, in its report data released on the occasion of International Youth Day on August 13, 2017, revealed that 1,600 Nepali youth leave the country for foreign employment each day and this number is increasing day-by-day.
According to the report, around 538,000 youth moved out of the country for foreign employment in the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Joint Secretary at the Ministry Ram Prasad Thapaliya raised concerns over such trend among Nepali youth population.
In his address at a programme held in Kathmandu to mark the day, Ram Prasad said such a massive departure of the economically-active population to foreign lands impacted development of the country.
Meanwhile, Nepali Commerce Minister Min Bahadur Bishwokarma pitched on the need for organising more number of youth-related programmes in the country to retain youth from leaving the country. He also pointed out at lack of political stability over the issue.
The United Nations, in its report released in July 2017, also pointed at weak infrastructure and developmental support for youth population in Nepal. In this regard, UN urged the Government of Nepal to invest in youth for country’s overall development.
Nepal should invest in education, skill development, empowerment and employment to get benefited from the demographic dividend, says the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Referring to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), which reported that 32.8 percent of Nepalese comprised of adolescents and youths in 2011 and the proportion will remain above 25 percent until 2031, the UN report noted that this group of young population will add to the economic development of the country if provided with proper learning and work opportunities.