17 February 2018

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01/15/2014 NEPAL

Nepal's crackdown on illegal immigrants threatens more than 50,000 with expulsion

Foreigners will have 90 days to regularise their position. Most of them are Chinese.

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - In order to fight tax evasion, Nepal announces zero tolerance for foreign workers without a valid work permit. More than 50,000 people could be expelled from the country, most of them Chinese.

On 12 January, the government announced a new, stricter policy towards foreigners who entered the country on a tourist visa, but stayed on to work illegally in various sectors, including services, banks and other businesses. Tax losses from illegal workers cost US$ 40 million a year.

Foreigners now have 90 days to regularise their position. After the deadline, those without a permit could be fined, jailed or expelled from the country. So far, only 9,920 workers have received a permit.

About 80 per cent of foreign workers are believed to be from China, this according Barun Kumar Jha, director of the Department of Labour.

The new rules on immigration are creating tensions between Beijing and Kathmandu.

Under Nepal's former Maoist government, Nepali authorities abandoned the policy of protecting Tibetan exiles, cooperating with China on a border control plan in exchange for loans.

In recent years, thousands of Chinese moved to Nepal to trade, do business and provide services.


See also

02/03/2009 NEPAL – TIBET – CHINA
Anyone protesting against China in Kathmandu to be arrested
Protests in front Chinese diplomatic offices are banned for an indefinite period to prevent tens of thousands of Tibetan refugees from marking the March 1959 uprising against Chinese rule.

09/03/2009 NEPAL – CHINA – TIBET
China and Nepal together against demonstrations by Nepal’s Tibetans By Kalpit Parajuli
Samdhong Rinpoche, Tibet’s prime minister-in-exile, says that as a “sovereign and independent nation” Nepal must not submit to directives by “foreign powers.” Nepal’s Maoist government reassures Beijing that it will not tolerate anti-Chinese demonstrations, signalling instead its interest for a “peace and friendship treaty.”

03/02/2005 NEPAL - CHINA
Royal takeover seen as pro-China, anti-West

05/12/2017 11:48:00 MYANMAR - THAILAND
In five months, over 155,000 irregular Burmese workers returned from Thailand

The exodus caused by fear of Bangkok government’s new labor laws. Fines of between 1000 and 2 thousand euros for all foreigners without regular permits and sentences of up to five years in prison. The influx has overburdened social agencies and the border crossing between Myanmar and Thailand. Returning migrants victims of extortion by the Thai security forces. In Thailand there are about 4-5 million migrant workers, 1 million are illegal.

06/12/2010 NEPAL - CHINA
Kathmandu and Beijing tighten grip on Tibetan refugees
Nepal and China agree to better control along the border with Tibet and stronger measures against anti-Chinese protests organized by exiles in Nepal. In return, China will facilitate the entry of Nepalese workers in its territory.

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