[Press Release] EU, IOM and the Government of Nepal Launched a Joint Labour
 Migration Project

7 May 2013
Kathmandu – The European Union (EU) through IOM extended support towards strengthening labour migration management capacities of the Colombo Process (CP) member states with a regional intervention in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines, with an effort to replicate at other CP member states. The project for Nepal was launched in presence of dignitaries from the various ministries, the EU delegation, UN colleagues, CSOs and some local media in the capital Kathmandu on the 7th of May.
The CP is a Regional Consultative Process on the management of overseas employment and contractual labour of countries of origins in Asia. In 2011, the Dhaka Declaration, as a product of this process, was agreed to optimize the benefits of labour migration by promoting dialogues and cooperation among countries of origin, transit and destination, encouraging stakeholders to have deeper understandings, and developing a network of migration management practitioners.
The project envisages improving the capacity of the Nepalese government and private recruitment agencies to carry out recruitment monitoring, to enhance dialogues between countries of origin and destination, and to disseminate information more effectively to the potential and current migrants’ source communities. The project with total budget 1.9 million Euros with the duration of 22 months has 1.5 million Euros contribution from the EU. 
"With more than 2 million Nepalese migrants aboard, the EU believes that a proper management of labour migration in Nepal will be determinant for Nepal's development in the next years.  The EU is currently working in   4 projects related to labour migration for a total of 3 million Euros. In addition, the EU recently organised in collaboration with IOM and the Ministry of labour an Employment the first high level dialogue on migration issues. The EU hopes that this new project will enhance the policy dialogue efforts," said Dr. Alexander Spachis, Ambassador, Head of the European Union Delegation to Nepal. 
Suresh Man Shrestha, Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment in his remarks highlighted, 
“The Government of Nepal recognizes the importance of labour migration as a key factor in our national planning. We are committed and working towards managing migration to make it a choice and not a necessity. Government is hoping that this joint endeavor will certainly enhance our capacities to manage labour migration prudently.”
IOM Chief of Mission, Maurizio Busatti noted that the CP member countries have made significant strides to manage labour migration, and said, “The new joint project will create more efficient and impartial migration systems that benefit labour migrants and their families, while contributing to continuing development in both Nepal and destination countries.” 
Over 2.5 million Asian workers are estimated to leave their countries every year, and around 2 million Nepalese live and work outside Nepal excluding India. The realm of migration has significantly grown over the years, and is not just limited to Gulf States but has expanded to North America and Europe for permanent migration.
In the four target countries, an issue of labour trafficking is partly a result of exploitative and unethical practices and the centralized information dissemination mechanism. Rendering information and services at the grassroots level is particularly more important as the decision making process often takes place at home in migrants’ villages, once they come to the capital, it is often too late.
For more information, please contact:
Kensuke Metsueda, Public Relations & Communication Officer, IOM Nepal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mr. Diwash Acharya, Under Secretary of DoFE, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
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