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Nepal - Kathmandu - A worker getting his picture's taken in a photo studio before going to the Passport Office, the first of a long series of steps before going abroad for work. According to UN figures, 7,2 million Nepalis work abroad (4 millions of them in India). Half of them are undocumented, 1700 migrant workers leave Nepal every day, 2/3 dead bodies arrive at Kathmandu airport every day. According to the World Bank, in 2013 Nepal received more than 5 billion USD in remittances from abroad. This constitutes 24.7 percent of the GDP, the third highest percentage in the world after Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. A third of all Nepali households, and 35% of rural households, have at least one member working and living abroad. 24.8 percent of Nepalis still live under the poverty line. Nepali GDP per capita (PPP) stands at 1,102 USD, the twentieth lowest in the world. Since 1971, Nepal has been classified as one of the 48 least developed countries by the UN.