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Tens of thousands Nepalese queue up for Korean jobs

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 18:02

Kathmandu: Tens of thousand of Nepalese
youths seeking jobs in foreign countries due to growing
unemployment in Nepal queued up for at least ten hours to
apply for Korean Language Test (KLT), the gateway to 4,000
lucrative jobs in South Korea.

On Tuesday, the first day, in total 12,728 aspirants
applied for Korean Language Test. More than 40,000 people are
expected to submit their applications within 4-5 days,
according to Labour Ministry.
"Some 4,000 out of those qualifying in the Korean
Language Test (KLT) exams will be placed in the job roster of
the Korean Human Resource Department (HRD) for employment in
South Korea," according to Deepak Subedi, joint secretary at
the Ministry of Labour.

There is a growing tendency among the young and
semi-skilled labourers to seek jobs in foreign country these
days. A large number of Nepalese labourers are working in
Gulf countries, Malaysia and South Korea.

Mostly those applying for the Korean jobs are under
30. On an average some 600?700 Nepalese youths go abroad daily
in search of jobs.

Nepal`s economy, hit by decade-long Maoist insurgency,
is trying to recover but the unemployment rate is still high.
According to official figures, Nepal`s unemployment
rate is 2.1 per cent.


First Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 18:02
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