6. Migration

Migration from poorer to richer countries of individuals seeking employment is a worldwide phenomenon, one to which many thousands of Nepalis contribute annually. In this chapter, two Suri villagers recount their personal experiences of migration – to Malaysia, and to Kuwait.

What can you do if there is no more food in the house, and no paid work locally available (which tends to be the case in the cold winter months after the main agricultural harvest)? Seeking employment outside the village is an obvious strategy, although one full of risks. Migration – both permanent and temporary – was already a well established phenomenon in Suri twenty years ago, many families having far too little land to meet their food requirements through the year.…

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