Dushanbe, Tajikistan: On 28-29th April the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) in Tajikistan held its first National Workshop to discuss the drafts of two learning modules for labour migrants. These covered the pre-employment orientation session module (PEOS) and pre-departure orientation session (PDOS) and were attended by representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan. The meeting gathered participants from the Ministry of Labour, the Agency for Employment Abroad, Pre-Departure Information Centre for Labour Migrants, Migration Service, the Centre for Training and Monitoring of the Quality of Education and the Centre of Training and Adult Education.
Protection of migrants’ rights usually starts in the country of origin. Quality pre-departure orientation training is a prerequisite for every migrant-sending country to empower its migrant workers to protect their rights and expand the knowledge, preparation and adaptation within all stages of the migration cycle. The meeting was the first step to build a unified approach with a long-term impact for pre-departure orientation in the structures of the Ministry. Further collaborations and contribution to the development of the rights of Tajik labour migrants with the respective institutions through the MRC in Dushanbe will follow in future months.
ICMPD in the framework of “Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes countries” has initiated online learning programmes for migrant workers on pre-employment, pre-departure and post-arrival orientation sessions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Pakistan to support migrants from major labour sending countries to take informed decisions on migration. This initiative is funded by the European Union and implemented by ICMPD.