Nepal – land of migration

Foredrag v/ Rashmi Upadhyay, antropolog og migrationsforsker

Næsten halvdelen af alle nepalesiske familier har mindst ét familiemedlem, der er beskæftiget eller har været beskæftiget i udlandet. Fattigdom, mangel på arbejdspladser, udfordringer med naturen og politisk ustabilitet er hovedårsagerne til den omfattende migration.

Dansk-Nepalesisk Selskab har inviteret antropolog Rashmi Upadhyay til Aarhus for at fortælle om baggrunde og vilkår for unge nepaleseres migration til udlandet. Foredraget vil have særligt fokus på Rashmis forskningsspeciale – udvandringen af arbejdskraft til kulminerne i det nordøstlige Indien – samt på de fremtidsmuligheder, arbejdet i udlandet åbner for de unge og på overlevelsesstrategier for familierne, der efterlades hjemme i Nepal.

Foredraget er på engelsk.

Migration – permanent or temporary – is a movement of people from one place to another in search of better sources of revenue, livelihood, secure food supply or to escape from conflicts and disasters at times. Similarly, migration becomes international migration when borders are crossed.

For the Nepalese workers, international migration is the main livelihood strategy. Today, nearly half of the households in Nepal have at least one member abroad or a returnee. Poverty, unemployment, declining natural resources and the Maoist insurgency are some major reasons that led the Nepalese to migrate outside their home country.

While Nepalese migration to other countries is not uncommon, India remains the main destination.

I will be speaking about Nepal and International migration of Nepalese to different countries across the globe, especially to the coalmines of Meghalaya, India, in search of work. The aim of this presentation is to address the integrated nature of risks while at work, remittances and the factors that motivate the Nepalese to migrate, leaving their home country. The issue related to migrants’ return as permanent or temporary is also the topic of discussion here. My fieldwork in Nepal explored that the utilization of the remittances is not only for economic reasons but also socially as the villagers are able to progress and move towards upward social mobility. Since most of the youth are absent from their home country, Nepal, this presentation will also discuss on the impact of youth out-migration and survival strategies for those who are left behind.

Bio note
I am Rashmi Upadhyay from India, living in Copenhagen with family. My husband is from Nepal working as a HR Assistant and my son is two and half years old. I have completed Doctoral degree in Anthropology in 2017 from North-Eastern Hill University, India in collaboration with Aarhus University, funded by Danida Fellowship Center. Immediately after my PhD degree, I was appointed as guest lecturer in Sikkim University where I taught Anthropology for a year (2017-2018). My research interest is focused within the field of transnational migration studies and borderlands and areas of fieldwork conducted include Andhra Pradesh (2010); Assam (2011); Nepal (2013) and Meghalaya (2011-2014). Currently, I am trying to revise my completed Ph.D. thesis for publication in book form.

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Tid: Torsdag, den 17. oktober 2019 kl. 19.00
Sted: DOKK1 (Lille Sal), Hack Kampmanns Plads 2, 8000 Aarhus
Pris: Gratis for medlemmer af Dansk-Nepalesisk Selskab. Entré for gæster: 30 kr.
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