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Nepal lifts ban on working in Iraq

world Updated: Jul 29, 2010 20:06 IST

Nepal has lifted a ban that prohibited Nepalis from going to Iraq in search of jobs.

The ban had left more than 35,000 Nepalis already in Iraq at risk of losing their jobs as they are working illegally, according to Foreign Ministry sources.

Nepal government imposed ban was for its nationals to work in Iraq after 2004 when 12 Nepalis working in Iraq were massacred by a militant group that sparked riots in the capital.

The government took the decision to lift the ban in order to protect the interests of migrant workers in Iraq after the US Central Command directed all companies working for it to sack workers not in compliance with national and international laws.

The decision will enable thousands of Nepalese illegally working in Iraq to save their jobs.

Remittance is the major source of foreign exchange earning for Nepal, whose economy is badly hit by decade long insurgency.