Parliamentarians discuss on integrating migration in Nepal’s COVID-19 socio-economic response and recovery
Kathmandu, 18 December-
International Organization for Migration (IOM) organized a national consultation with Nepalese parliamentarians on integrating migration in the country’s COVID-19 socio-economic response and recovery on Friday. The event is supported by the European Union coincided with the International Migrants Day.
Members of the parliamentary committees on Law, Justice & Human Rights and Women & Social issues, as well as members of the federal parliament, senior migration policy makers, along with development partners, discussed on migrants’ protection and socio-economic response and recovery of returnee migrants in the context of COVID-19 during the consultation
“The European Union since the last fifteen years has been holding policy dialogue and solidarity with Non-EU countries on the global approach to migration and mobility. This has led the EU to include migration into its overall external action. I am happy to share that the EU and IOM have jointly developed a toolkit, which will enable proper and effective integration of migration into COVID-response,” said EU Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Nona Deprez while addressing the event.
Hon. Sher Bahadur Tamang, former minister and member of Law, Justice and Human Rights Committee said, “Since migration is intrinsically linked with economic opportunities, creating better livelihood options at home country only will enable aspirants to choose safe and regular migration without falling into fraudulent traps.”
“We believe the discussion today will contribute to advocacy and awareness raising about well-governed migration - ensuring protection of migrants and socio-economic recovery in order to build inclusive societies that offer better livelihood opportunities,” said Ms. Lorena Lando IOM Chief of Mission for Nepal, addressing the event.
“The discussion holds its significance as it recognizes the importance of the adoption of national policies that are inclusive and beneficial to society as a whole, as well as recognizes the contribution of migrants to the country’s economic development,” she added.
The 18th of December marks International Migrants Day. This year, IOM has been undertaking a series of events with the theme, Re-imagining Human Mobility. This year has proven, more than ever, that well-governed migration can mitigate the negative impacts of COVID-19 and stimulate strong socio-economic recovery and build more inclusive societies that protect human rights and are better prepared to address future crises.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes for the first time the contribution of migration to sustainable development. Similarly, Nepal is one of the Champion countries for the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The adoption and endorsement of the GCM marks the first time that Member States have committed, within the auspices of the United Nations, to a comprehensive, 360-degree vision of international migration, grounded on international law that turns their international commitments.
The consultation has come up with concrete recommendations with particular focus on women migrants and their protection and ways forward to uplift their socio-economic livelihood. The recommendations will be used as an advocacy points while discussing mainstreaming agenda with development partners and other like-minded organizations.