Kathmandu, Nov. 18 -- There is growing consensus on providing much-needed respite for migrant workers, who are compelled to pay hefty fees while processing for jobs abroad.

The international community stresses that the employer should bear the expenses of hiring foreign workers, making departures cost-free for aspiring workers.

In a recent move likely to take the heavy financial burden off millions of workers including Nepalis, a meeting of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the UN agency that sets international labour standards and promotes social protection and safety of workers, said that no recruitment fees or related costs should be levied on workers.

The Tripartite Meeting of Experts on Defining Recruitment Fees and Rel...