5 to 6 million Nepalis live outside of Nepal today, excluding India and other South Asian countries. That’s according to the non-resident Nepali association. Nepal’s total population is 28 million.
Many emigrants leave for a specific period of time, to either work or study, but others embark for what they hope will be a better life in countries including Australia, the US and the UK. It’s normal that some of those emigres return home at some time in their lives, often with the dream of building a house, retiring and enjoying their final years among family and friends. But in recent years it seems that more and more people are returning sooner, some to be with family but many to set up businesses and help give the economy a kickstart.
However, I have never — in my two decades’ connection with Nepal — heard of someone coming back to this country to enter politics. Until I spoke to Karma Tamang.
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