Kathmandu: Nepal has lifted a ban that
prohibited Nepalis from going to Iraq in search of jobs.
The ban had left more than 35,000 Nepalis already in
Iraq at risk of losing their jobs as they are working
illegally, according to Foreign Ministry sources.
Nepal government imposed ban was for its nationals to
work in Iraq after 2004 when 12 Nepalis working in Iraq were
massacred by a militant group that sparked riots in the
The government took the decision to lift the ban in
order to protect the interests of migrant workers in Iraq
after the US Central Command directed all companies working
for it to sack workers not in compliance with national and
The decision will enable thousands of Nepalese
illegally working in Iraq to save their jobs.
Remittance is the major source of foreign exchange
earning for Nepal, whose economy is badly hit by decade long