The statistics of the National Census 2021 report shows that the number of women migrating to foreign countries in the past decade has increased by 71%.
The report indicates that the growth in the field of information and technology is a major factor behind migration.
Nepal’s population reached 2,91,92,480 as per the preliminary results of the National Census 2021. As many as 21,69,478 Nepalis have been found to be residing abroad for various reasons. Among them, 17,63,315 are males while 4,06,103 are females.
As per the National Census of 2011, there were 19,21,494 individuals living outside the country. Among them, 16,84,029 were males while 2,37,400 were females. The number of women going abroad increased by 71 per cent in the last decade compared to the results of the previous census.
In the past, parents were reluctant to send their daughters to study or work abroad, but now the situation has changed, said Director Dundiraj Lamichhane of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Parents have started giving their daughters a good education and even sending them abroad for study as they are aware that their children are the same, he added.
“In comparison to the census of 2011, the number of Nepali women going abroad for study and work has increased by 71.09 per cent, while the number of males has increased just slightly,” Lamichhane said.
According to Deputy Director General Hem Raj Regmi of the CBS, people have left for abroad from all 77 districts of the country. Among them, Kathmandu, Kailali, Jhapa, Rupandehi, and Morang have the highest number of people living abroad, while Manang, Dolpa, Humla, Mugu, and Mustang have the least number of residents living abroad compared to other districts across the country.