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Nepal has been witnessing phenomenal labor migration in last two decades, which has become one of the largest contributors to the country's economy. Chores of many Nepali now start with oven burnt by remittance. A significant reduction in poverty has been felt, as an immediate outcome of remittance sent by migrant workers, especially working in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries namely: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arab and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Malaysia. However, only remittance doesn't come with Nepalese migrant workers, but a series of impact follow with international migration.
As the number of migrant workers flying out to GCC countries increased, a serious need of organizing Nepalese migrant workers was felt. Addressing this need, in 1998 Nepalese migrant workers in Saudi Arabia got organized at Nepalese Embassy to Saudi Arabia as Pravasi Nepali Sewa Samiti (PNSS). PNSS was established to rescue distressed migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. Few years later, realizing need an organization that can coordinate between migrant workers in Nepal and in destination countries and stakeholders, Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC) got established and registered in 2009 returnee migrant workers. Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee derives its name from words from English and Nepali, where Pravasi literally means 'Immigrant'.
PNCC is now a non-profit making organization of committed returnee migrant workers dedicated to protecting and promoting migrant workers' rights at national, regional and international levels. We are returnee migrant workers to ensure the best practices to follow in the field so as to 'Creating Friendly and Dignified Environment for Migrant Workers' by self-help approach: 'For the Migrants, by the Migrants'. The working team of PNCC, being committed returnee migrant workers, can understand and analyze migrant workers' issues well, and thus its interventions have created and fostered positive impacts at various levels. PNCC has also been representing Nepalese Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in various national, regional and international policy dialogues. This has established PNCC as one of the pioneer organizations in Nepal working with/for the migrants. Also, PNCC is now one of the 'to-be-contacted' organizations as enlisted in recent Migration Policy of Nepal. PNCC was formally registered in Nepal in 2009 (in District Administration Office Kathmandu, DAO registration number 1135) and in Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Nepal in 2009 (SWC registration number 28446), after working to create positive impact on Gulf countries by its establishment in Saudia Arabia in 1998.
The PNCC envisions a safer, dignified and responsible migration sector as to serve as one of the strongest contributors to sustainable development.
The PNCC strives to ensure that the rights of Nepali migrant workers respected, guaranteed and promoted and aims to create an environment where Nepalese migrant workers can entertain their rights, by advocating, generating knowledge, sharing information, building partnerships and capacitating various response groups at various national, regional and international levels.
The PNCC is guided to achieve its vision by, Advocating for the rights of migrant workers and their families to make right based and migrant workers friendly policy and mechanism. Facilitating and advocating to implementing national and international plans and policies for creating an enabling environment for safer migration and empowerment of migrant workers. Liaison and building partnerships between government, stakeholders, response groups, national/international agencies/bodies and migrant community in origin/ destination countries to facilitate the process of ascertaining the best practices in foreign labour migration. Developing and equipping migrant workers' networks and community as to act as a pressure group for the proper implementation of existing legal provisions and ratification of international instruments. Generating knowledge with the procedural interventions on safer channel of migration and the protection of migrant workers. Enabling and capacitating various response groups and migrants workers as to facilitate the process of re-integration of returnee migrant workers to the society. Facilitating the migrant workers and their families on legal remedy as to tackle the problems raised during/after the process of labour migration.