Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan: Our Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) in Pakistan launched their first youth volunteer drive in April 2021 through the MRC social media platforms offering an opportunity for the youth of Pakistan to connect with the MRCs and support in raising awareness on safe and orderly migration by reaching out to communities and young people.

Baghdad, Iraq: Migration management remains a key priority for the Government of Iraq, as the administration struggles with complex issues related to the prevention of irregular migration, migrant smuggling and human trafficking. The government is also addressing the need to achieve sustainable reintegration of those returning to their communities in Iraq, as well as maximising the development potential of migration including through a better, streamlined engagement with Iraqis abroad.

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: We have released a video which describes the work of the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Tajikistan and highlights how it is a source of information, help and advice for people considering migrating as well as those who have begun their journey. This is featured on our channels as well as on the website of the Tajik Ministry of Labour.

Lakshmipur, Bangladesh: As of 6th June, migrant workers are able to register at the Technical Training Centre (TTC) in Lakshmipur. The registration process - which includes taking the fingerprint of the departing migrant workers - is a pre-requisite for the issuance of SMART cards and the formal departure of migrants for employment in other countries.

Islamabad, Pakistan: The International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), in collaboration with Ethical Journalism Network (ENJ), is holding a virtual training course on “Raising Awareness on Migration through Media Reporting.”  Seven leading media houses from Pakistan nominated 19 senior journalists, media personals and freelancers for the three week course which is taking place between 1st and 24th June. 

Baghdad, Iraq: On 7th and 8th June ICMPD has organised a National Workshop on “Mapping of statistical data collection and sharing on human trafficking, migrant smuggling and irregular migration in Iraq” in Baghdad. The event brought together over twenty representatives of various Directorates of the Interior Ministry of Iraq, including the Border Guard Command, Anti-Trafficking, Residency, Arab and International Cooperation, Training as well as Planning Directorates.

Basra, Iraq: Two new post-arrival orientation sessions (PAOS) for migrant workers were conducted in Basra and Missan through the Daewoo Company and PetroChina Company, respectively, as well as the relevant recruitment agencies. Around 110 migrant workers have participated from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and other Asian and African countries as well as local (Iraqi) workers.

The sessions were conducted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development, through the MRC and MIGRAP flagship initiative, under the project Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes funded by the European Union.

From these sessions are various cases, inquiries or requests from the participants such as: the benefits that migrant workers can get out of the government retirement and social insurance programme; their inclusion or coverage under the government vaccination scheme; the case of confiscated passports without receipt/authorisation; the absence of contracts upon arrival in Iraq (which also applies to local workers); and extension of leave benefits due to non-use or inability to return to home countries out of travel restrictions.

Parallel to the PAOS sessions are 2 labour inspections of migrant workers’ worksites in Basra and Missan; meeting with employers to discuss the current situation of migrant workers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; and the orientation of HR company staff on guidelines and regulations by MOLSA regarding occupational safety and health and migrants’ rights. The goal of these inspections and orientation sessions is to ensure employers and recruiters’ compliance with Iraq labour laws.

Vienna, Austria: The overall objective of this project is to create the conditions for the reintegration of Afghan and Iraqi returnees - individuals as well as families - back into their communities on their return. More specifically, actions will aim at strengthening the capacities of the Ministry of Repatriation and Refugees (MoRR) in Afghanistan and the Ministry of Migration and Displaced (MoMD) in Iraq. Activities will also focus on increasing the capabilities of local and community based organisations to provide reintegration support to returnees to Afghanistan and Iraq.