Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC) is a non-profit, non-political, non-governmental social organization dedicated to protecting and promoting Nepali migrant workers’ rights. It was established in Nepal by the returnee migrant workers in 2009 with a motto of providing all possible support to the distressed migrant workers especially in gulf countries, Malaysia and Middle East Countries. PNCC is known for its highly reliable and responsive service that is timely and individualized to a distressed migrant’s needs. Having wide and established networks in receiving countries such as Malaysia, Qatar and other gulf countries, PNCC has developed a strong rescue and support mechanism for Nepali migrants abroad. PNCC has provided support to around 12,000 Nepali migrant workers in their distressful situations. The humanitarian support provided to the distressed migrant workers over the years has brought PNCC at the forefront of national and international arena as one of the most trusted and dedicated organizations for the migrant workers.
PNCC being a vanguard and leader within Nepal’s migration filed is connected with various diplomatic missions, agencies, individuals, and government entities, both in Nepal and in destination countries, which serve as valuable networks for servicing migrants in crisis in a timely and effective manner. Over the years, PNCC has developed a close relationship with the various Nepali Missions in receiving countries, and this relationship has contributed significantly to PNCC’s rescue and repatriation efforts. With increasing trust of migrant community on PNCC, the organization has seen an increased influx of cases being referred to PNCC from different organizations, partners, individuals, migrant workers, and even from government agencies. The right-based approach adopted by PNCC has garnered respect and trust of the Nepali migrant workers’ community. This approach further gives returnee migrants a valuable space to have their voice be heard, and transform the insights drawn from their personal experience into action that contributes to the field of migration.
As the number of migrant workers flying to GCC Countries (Qatar, Saudi Arabia, DUE, Bahrain, Kuwait) and Malaysia increased, a serious need of organizing Nepalese migrant workers was felt. Addressing this need, in 1998 Nepalese migrant workers in Saudi Arabia got organized at Nepalese Embassy to Saudi Arabia and formed Pravasi Nepali Sewa Samiti (PNSS). PNSS was established to rescue distressed migrant workers in Saudi Arabia. Few years later, realizing the need of an organization that can coordinate between migrant workers in Nepal and in the destination countries and among the stakeholders, Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee (PNCC) got established and registered in 2009 in Nepal by returnee migrant workers. Pravasi Nepali Coordination Committee derives its name from words from English and Nepali, where Pravasi literally means ‘Immigrant’. Since inception, PNCC has been reaching to as many distressed workers as possible with possible support in coordination and collaboration with different national and international partners.