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An exhibition focused on the

Nepal-Malaysian corridor migration

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Mapping Journeys

Welcome to Mapping Journeys: an exhibition focused on the labour migration of Nepali migrant workers to Malaysia. This virtual exhibition is part of the MIDEQ Malaysia team and is a culmination of the outputs the team and its partners produced. 

A physical exhibition is taking place from the 16th of October 2023 till the 10th of November 2023 at Monash University Malaysia, with panel sessions as well as an immersive experience element. 

This virtual exhibition is divided into 3 main nodes; Before, Becoming, and Being. 

We suggest you follow each node to better understand the Nepali migrant workers' journey.


Enjoy! 

NODE 1: BEFORE

In this node, we explore the origins of Nepali migrant workers that migrate to Malaysia - which provinces they are from and their motivations that lead to the decision to migrate.

NODE 2: BECOMING

After a Nepali decides to migrate, how does one go about it? 
Node 2 explores the agencies involved in facilitating the migration as well as the processes involved for a Nepali to become a migrant worker in Malaysia. 

NODE 3: BEING

Migrating to a new place is strange for anybody, but for labour migrants, it is particularly difficult, as they are expected to learn a new language, culture, and procedures in a short span of time in order to adapt to their work environment. 

Node 3 - the final node - looks into how the migrants adapt to their new environment, and how they find ways to make this foreign place home. 

NODE 1: BEFORE

In this node, we explore the origins of Nepali migrant workers that migrate to Malaysia - which provinces they are from and their motivations that lead to the decision to migrate.

Why do Nepali migrants choose to migrate? Why do they choose to migrate to Malaysia?

 

The MIDEQ Malaysia team speaks to Nepali migrants working in Malaysia as well as the families they left behind in Nepal to find out why and how they make the hard decision to migrate. Social problems, discrimination, poverty, unemployment, and the desire to care for family and have a better life are among the common reasons for migration. Malaysia is a common choice due to its climate and environment and ease of obtaining a visa. The video also explores how interviewees proceed with the migration process, often through paying an agent or via word of mouth from family and friends.

NODE 1: Before Migration

NODE 1: Before Migration

NODE 1: Before Migration
NODE 1:  Before Migration - Part 1

NODE 1: Before Migration - Part 1

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NODE 1: Before Migration - Part 2

NODE 1: Before Migration - Part 2

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Photos from Nepali Villages

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Photos from Nepali Villages

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NODE 2: BECOMING

After a Nepali decides to migrate, how does one go about it? 
Node 2 explores the agencies involved in facilitating the migration as well as the processes involved for a Nepali to become a migrant worker in Malaysia. 

Items from Nepal

Items from Nepal

How do Nepali migrants migrate?

 

The MIDEQ Malaysia team continues to speak to Nepali migrants in Malaysia and families of migrants in Nepal to discover how Nepali migrants travel to Malaysia. The journey is fraught, as agents who facilitate migrant worker movement are sometimes not forthcoming about who they will be working for and how hard the work will really be. Some dishonest agents even ask for more money than the agency requires during the migration process. As many Nepali migrants who find work abroad are inexperienced at travel, they are susceptible to being taken advantage of by unscrupulous agents.