- The Reality of London Listen mate why would the UK give a job to an unskilled Nepali in when there millions of UK people looking for work.. Sorry, but it's another false dream. There are no easy jobs in London for Nepalis except working
as a gay prostitute. And if anyone promises you an easy job then
that's what it will be.
- 1. visa scams The newspapers are full of advertisements promising easy visa to UK, USA, Canada etc. Many of these companies probably just collect you $500 fee and change address.
- 2. Exploitation- Every day there are newspaper stories of Nepalis in Kuwait, or Malaysia etc being ripped off and not paid there salaries or being stranded cos the top jobs they have been promised have not been true.
- 3. The Lies People say "But I've heard a lot of good stories", - Besides the people who lie cos they make money selling dreams to hopeful Nepalis there are other lies : After spending a lot of family money getting a visa everyone is going to tell positive stories to keep their family happy. Sometimes it's true, sometimes it's not.
- Those with negative stories usually keep their mouth shut .. who is going to admit that after spending a lot of family money they are unsuccessful ? Who is going to tell their mother they are working as a gay prostitute ? so mostly we don't hear the unhappy stories.
- 4. Costs - Where are you going to live ? One week in London can be like 1 year in Nepal It would be easy for a Nepali looking for work in London to spend the same money he spends living with his mother in one year. In foreign countries cos property costs are high and standards are high accommodation is often 20 times that of a Nepali hotel.
- Costs - Where are you going to eat ? The street foodstall ? In Nepal the weather is warm, property values are low and salaries are low so you can eat cheaply at street foodstalls. But in developed countries there are none, the weather it mostly too cold, the costs high so that restaurants are expensive.
- Costs - What will you enjoy ? Cigarettes in UK cost 700Rp/packet of 20
- 5. What about taxes ? - The money you receive is much smaller than your salary
- Nepalis don't understand that one reason developed countries are developed is that people pay tax. If my father receives $20,000 in a year then $6000 goes in immediate taxes (income tax etc.) . There is a $1500 local tax (rates which pay gor local roads, parks libraries etc) another $1200 on electricity and gas, $400 on car tax, $400 on car insurance. That's half his salary gone before he has bought any foid or any petrol at 110Rp/litre. And if a Nepali has to pay a Nepali job agency costs aswell his money is even lower.
- We don't have servants - In some Nepali homes I see that people have one who cooks and clean for them or looks after their children, but in countries like the UK where the minimum salary is $9 an hour that's not possible. A very experienced engineer might earn $15 an hour, but after tax he has $8 an hour and he would have to pay a worker $10 an hour so it's cheaper for him to do the jobs himself. My father of course cleans his own car, my mother does the garden and paints the house etc.
- 5. No Skills = No Chance : Visa controls are strict- it's not that easy - These countries all face enormous political pressure to keep their borders closed against foreign job seekers, as they all have workers of their own looking for work. In Malaysia they can employ Nepalis as cheap labour, but most developed countries have minimum wage laws so Nepalis would get the same wage as everyone else. Nepalis are only cheaper if they are expoited. The people who can sometimes get a visa are those with special skills : scientists etc.
- 6. Every country has it's negatives that you don't expect - it might be too hot, too cold, too Muslim, too many flies etc.