Dushanbe: Today ICMPD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of the Republic of Tajikistan. This Memorandum represents the starting point of a new chapter in bilateral cooperation and marks the establishment of a Migrant Resource Centre in Dushanbe.
ICMPD Director General Michael Spindelegger highlighted that “this MoU marks an important step in strengthening our relations with Tajikistan. From this moment onwards, both parties have agreed to engage in a partnership which will build - and manage - regular, orderly and safe migration”.
EU funded model of the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) is not new: many countries sending their workers abroad have gone through similar processes and established centres across their countries. Such centres help to address issues and vulnerabilities, as well as reduce the challenges faced by migrants in working and living abroad by providing them with adequate, timely and reliable information and guidance on migration. ICMPD will draw on its 27 years of institutional capacity-building experience worldwide and build on the success and impact of its MRC model in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The MRC in Tajikistan will be financed through the EU-funded project “Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes countries”.
Ms. Gulru Jabborzoda, the Labour Minister expresses readiness to further cooperate with ICMPD and capitalise on the organisation’s knowledge and expertise towards developing the country’s new strategies and concepts in the area of migration management and approximate good practices to the benefit of Tajik migrant workers.
More information on the Silk Routes Project and the achievements of other MRCs in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Pakistan can be found here.