International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN Migration, in partnership with NITI Aayog, a Government of India think-tank, organized a National Conference on March 29, 2022 at Hotel Taj Palace, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, to initiate, contribute and contribute to a holistic analysis. To support and main areas of migration. As migration trends continue to evolve, coupled with unprecedented challenges, the situation demands to recognize the potential for cooperation and strive towards a sustainable, safe, secure and orderly model of migration.
IOM-NITI Aayog National Conference
The Conclave was largely focused on
To identify and share good practices and lessons learned by various states during critical phases of the COVID-19 pandemic
Develop an understanding of the invaluable nature of multi-stakeholder participatory approaches such as partnerships with the private sector for responsible recruitment of migrant workers
Encouraged by the context provided by the draft NITI Aayog, ‘Working towards joint action by the originating states and the destination states for the protection of migrant workers’National Policy Framework on Migrant Labor, And,
Promote better understanding and response to the needs and challenges of women migrants in the apparel industry’s supply chain.
The opening ceremony of the Conclave began with a welcome note from Mr. Sanjay Awasthi, Head of Office, IOM’s Mission in India. This was followed by a special address by Mr. Sarat Das, Head of Mission of Sri Lanka and Maldives and Special Envoy of the Director General of IOM to India and Bhutan. Dr. Muniraju, Deputy Advisor, NITI Aayog. SB talked about the need Evidence-based policy formulation as well as the design and delivery of compensation packages in a need-based and gender sensitive manner. The opening speeches echoed the intent of the Conclave, where diverse and seemingly disparate groups gathered as primary stakeholders to engage in dialogue, deliberation and decision-making, a symbol of migration management efforts. has been made. Also being the hallmark of the approach of the whole society, Mr. Sanjay Awasthi explained the rigor of the Government of India in managing migration data within and outside India. Considering the economic turmoil caused by the pandemic, which resulted in a 2.2% decline in global remittances in 2020, Shri Sarat Das, “proud of his contribution“Talked about the resilience of migrant workers. “Vulnerabilities due to their socioeconomic status, sub-living environment, eligibility or access to services including health services, cultural or linguistic barriers to their destinations, migrant workers still accounted for 702 billion USD compared to USD 718 billion in 2019. contributed USD”. Dr. Muniraju highlighted several initiatives of the government, such as the formation of several committees under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, collaborative efforts with UN agencies and NGOs, and a grant of approximately Rs. Rs 1.7 lakh crore to help committees of economically disadvantaged states.
The three sessions, spread over a day, brought together stakeholders from across sectors. Session 1 included detailed presentations by representatives of State Labor Departments of Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Haryana. Each state accepted tough challenges when the ‘lockdown’ was imposed and mobilized their resources to maximize security cover to migrant workers amid uncertainties. Joint action between origin states and destination states for running special trains and buses, provision of temporary shelter and food, coordination between labor and law enforcement control rooms, appointment of nodal officers from various departments and monetary support, were some of the outstanding efforts. . among many other novel initiatives. Dr. Muniraju spoke of the importance of distinguishing between “inter-state and inter-state due to different needs” and “information management and communication control to minimize the harm through dissemination of fake news”.
Session 2 delved deeper into partnerships and collaborations with export houses, global brands, supply chains, labor recruitment agents and agencies, NGOs and the private sector including CSOs. Dr. Surbhi Singh, India Center for Migration, MEA, as chair of the session, lauded the practices of public and private organizations saying that “the need is to coordinate strategies and not fragmented practices”.
Session 3, ‘A Panel Discussion on’A National Policy for the Protection and Welfare of Migrant WorkersDemonstrated ability of stakeholders to find and sustain solutions through proper and timely mobilization of resources for the benefit of migrant workers. One of the key points was that crisis can be turned into opportunity and that migration is synonymous with opportunity. Panelists talked about specific policies in the origin and destination states, respectively, recognizing the multisectoral nature of labor migration, understanding the demographic makeup of regions to devise adequate solutions due to migration-related changes. Thus it is important to be clear about migration and ‘migrant workers’ without getting bogged down in the misleading terminology that can have detrimental effects on migrant communities. Finally, recommendations were made for stronger policies through programs and partnerships to protect children, especially in light of COVID-19, which has disrupted child protection networks.
the end of the event, Mr. Sanjay Awasthi, said, “Migration is an international issue and with the pandemic the crisis has intensified manifold. Through this conclave, IOM aims to create awareness about the challenges faced by migrant workers and develop best practices with the help of stakeholders to be adopted for their safety and welfare.”
The main objective of the conclave was to help achieve inclusive, broad-based and effective governance of migration by sharing experiences, expertise and best practices. Against this background, IOM stands ready to support and build the capacity of public and private entities in developing a comprehensive approach to enhance coordination among all stakeholders involved in human migration and mobility. The need of the hour is to build a better migration management framework with multilateral cooperation and collaboration to encourage safe migration. Additionally, as markets across the country and around the world are under the impact of COVID-19, it is more important than ever to find good practices and devise evidence-based practices.
To continue the discussion on migration, the IOM is also organizing a media roundtable on 30 March 2022 to discuss and debate the issue of migration, media reporting on the issue and their perspectives on the subject and IOM in the management of migrants. The role played by will be discussed. Crisis efficiently.
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With 174 member states, a further eight states holding observer status and offices in more than 100 countries, the IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does this by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
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