Nepal, May 21 -- As the country's labour migration sector grapples with its biggest crisis ever,

nearly 500,000 t0 600,000 Nepali migrant workers are likely to return home in the near future, a report shows.

The global Covid-19 pandemic has taken away Nepali migrant workers' jobs in the Persian Gulf and Malaysia-Nepal's top labour destination countries-making them live penniless and forcing them to wait for the government to take them home.

"Nearly 20 to 25 percent of the estimated 3 million Nepali workers abroad are likely to return home," said Sujit Kumar Shreshta, general secretary of the Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA), a grouping of agencies outsourcing workers abroad that commissioned the report.

He said...