Vienna, Austria: The Montreal Recommendations on Recruitment: a Road Map towards Better Regulation has been published by the UN. This document covers the importance of establishing Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) and providing information about migration, employment, labour recruiters, access to healthcare, housing, raising grievances and dispute resolution mechanisms.

ICMPD together with the governments of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Pakistan are already implanting these guidelines with EU funding.

Find out more about our MRCs here:

Afghanistan https://www.facebook.com/mrcafghanistan/

Bangladesh https://www.facebook.com/bangladeshmrc/

Iraq https://www.facebook.com/mrc.iq/

Pakistan https://www.facebook.com/PAKMRC/

Attachments:
Download this file (the-montreal-recommendation.pdf)UN IOM Guidelines3900 kB

Lahore, Pakistan: The Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Pakistan launched an eight month rickshaw advertising campaign in 4 districts of Punjab: Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala and Sialkot. The campaign aims at raising awareness of the MRC’s services - as well as the nationwide hotline - focusing on personal counselling sessions through the hotline, WhatsApp, Skype and Messenger.

This campaign is funded by the European Union and co-funded by Germany.

Kabul, Afghanistan: In order to facilitate migration management and warn of the dangers associated with irregular migration, we launched a billboard campaign in Kabul. This explained and informed citizens about the services of the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) and also provided that hotline which anyone can call free of charge. This campaign has led to a 50% increase in daily consultations. We are now averaging 280 personal consultations per week in Kabul.

Kabul, Afghanistan: Sayed Honaryar from our Migrant Resource Centre in Kabul was delighted to have the opportunity to explain migration issues on the national morning TV programme “Salam Zandagi” which was aired on Channel One Afghanistan.

Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan:  "Life of Migrants" is a collaboration between the Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) of Pakistan and TCM to raise awareness on safe and informed migration while warning of the risks associated with irregular migration. This video is the personal story of Fakhar who speaks about how he came to Turkey legally, the process involved and how this worked out cheaper (and less dangerous) than using fake agents. 

Dhaka and Cumilla, Bangladesh: The role and work of our Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) in Bangladesh are covered in a new publication by the Ministry of Expatriate’s Welfare and Overseas Employment (MEWO). As part of a series of activities, MEWO initiated this publication/magazine on the occasion of International Migrants Day (IMD) 2020.

Vienna, Austria: Female migration - and the effect of migration on women - is one of the themes shaping ICMPD's approach to the development of strong and sound migration management systems. This particular topic is one of the priorities targeted by the EU funded Silk Routes Facility implemented by ICMPD in five Silk Routes Countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan.

Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan: This is the third episode in a series of videos where Pakistani irregular migrants explain the ordeal of their journey and their regrets. "Life of Migrants" is a collaboration between the Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) of Pakistan and TCM to raise awareness on safe and informed migration while warning of the risks associated with irregular migration.

Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan: Our Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) are always available to provide outgoing, intending and potential migrants with the information that they need remotely or in person. Crucial topics include the importance of safe and legal migration, pre-departure information, and the dangers and consequences of irregular migration.

Lahore, Pakistan: Our Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) Lahore, in collaboration with the University of Punjab's Gender Studies Department and the Labour and Human Resource Department (L&HRD), Government of Punjab organised a virtual conference on “How migration is perceived in Pakistan and main destination countries - shifting trends of emigration after COVID-19”

Our Migrant Resource Centres (MRCs) provide outgoing, intending and potential migrants with the information that they need. Crucial topics include the importance of safe and legal migration, pre-departure information, and the dangers and consequences of irregular migration.

Dhaka and Cumilla, Bangladesh: On the occasion of International Migrants Day, we are sharing the first hand story of four female migrants from Bangladesh. Their personal stories can be found in full on the Migrant Resource Centre’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bangladeshmrc/

Kabul, Afghanistan: An event entitled "Is Climate Change driving Migration in Conflict-ridden Afghanistan" was held on the occasion of the launch of the Action Aid report on the same topic. Marija Raus from the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) spoke at the event on our policy work in Afghanistan and how this relates to climate induced migration in the country.