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Making migration safer: working abroad has risks

Watch Susan Thieme introduce the topic of global labour migration and her transdisciplinary research into Nepalese citizens who work abroad.


Globally, around 200 million people leave their country to work abroad. Many of these labour migrants live in precarious circumstances. In this case study we focus on Nepalese migrants who work in foreign lands.

Many Nepalese work abroad. With their money transfers they contribute importantly to their home country’s economy. However, they are often working under conditions that are difficult.

Our case focuses on a community outreach project in Delhi, that tried to improve the situation of labour migrants from Nepal. University researchers, an NGO, and the migrants themselves addressed challenges and looked for solutions. This was transdisciplinary to its core: diverse actors were involved to jointly identify problems and possible measures in order to make the livelihoods of the Nepalese working abroad safer.

The video introduces the case, its context, and the main questions. As you watch it – what image comes to your mind if you think about labour migration? Share it with your peers in the comments section. We look forward to reading your thoughts!

Educator: Prof. Dr. Susan Thieme

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