Our friend Bal Joshi, who's involved in the remittances business here in Nepal — making it possible for people to send money home — told me that each month, there are 18,000 young people (18 to 30) who leave Nepal in search of work. The majority go to India, as I blogged below, and some also go to the Middle East and other places.
In India, Nepali workers make less than Indian workers do. That's why they're hired to do the hard manual labor like construction and road-building. But it's still more than they would make in Nepal, and as we saw in Katwalguan, the funds are eagerly awaited at home, where their families depend on those wages to survive.