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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics of female respondents

From: A survey of health problems of Nepalese female migrants workers in the Middle-East and Malaysia

Variables Number Percentage
Age group (years)
 ≤ 25 259 25.6
 26- 35 435 43.1
 ≥ 36 316 31.3
Caste/Ethnicity
 Brahmin/Chhetri 194 19.2
 Indigenous group 434 43.0
 Dalit/Minor group 243 24.1
 Terai origin (Madhesi/Tharu) 139 13.8
Region of origin
 Eastern development region 402 39.9
 Central development region 217 21.5
 Western development region 236 23.3
 Mid-western development region 141 14.0
 Far-western development region 14 1.3
Education Status
 Illiterate 378 37.4
 Primary 426 42.2
 School Leaving Certificate & higher 206 20.4
Marital Status
 Never married 242 24.0
 Married 489 48.4
 Divorced/Separated 209 20.7
 Widowed 70 6.9
Country of foreign employment
 Kuwait 571 56.5
 Saudi Arabia 270 26.7
 United Arab Emirates 54 5.3
 Lebanon 68 6.7
 Other 47 4.7
Passport details
 Own name 965 95.5
 Illegitimate travel documents 45 4.5
Types of work
 Domestic 985 97.9
 Company 21 2.1
Methods of return home
 Released by ‘owner’/ employer 572 56.6
 Escaped from work place 224 22.2
 Returned by police 109 10.8
 Rescued by agent 56 5.5
 Rescued by Nepal embassy/Non Residential Nepali 49 4.9