Nepal's Ghost Economy

In the fall of 2014, I conducted interviews on migrant labor throughout the Kathmandu valley and in the tourist hubs of Chitwan, where young park employees had recently returned from working on US military compounds in Afghanistan.  

In 131 countries around the world, Nepali workers help construct high-rises, greet hotel guests, farm livestock and rear children. They account for a staggering 7 percent — more than two million people — of Nepal’s total population.  This absent population in Nepal has created a ghost economy: its profitable workforce is at once nowhere and everywhere, changing Nepali society in core and lasting ways. This change has been especially true for the women left behind. 

More about the study can be found here.