IOM, ILO, and Government of Japan join hands to promote safe and regular migration - Adaderana Biz English
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IOM, ILO, and Government of Japan join hands to promote safe and regular migration – Adaderana Biz English

With USD 2.6 Million funding guidance from the Govt of Japan, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and the Global Labour Corporation (ILO) introduced 12-month UPLIFT project. The initiative will lead in direction of the sustainable socioeconomic reintegration, and enhancing of expertise and livelihood of returnees, aspirant migrant employees, and victims of human trafficking. This challenge is a successive initiative of the beforehand executed venture by IOM, ILO and Japan to promote the economic restoration and progress of Sri Lanka.

The swift modifications in the socio-economic contexts have exacerbated migrant workers vulnerability to irregular migration and human trafficking. Absence of recognition on safe migration pathways and the existing countrywide qualification frameworks also contributed to this. More, a lot of aspirant and returnee migrant personnel experience capabilities and qualification issues that hinder their capacity to protected decent employment options both equally domestically and abroad. Versus this backdrop, an acute need to have has arisen to assistance Governments priorities and attempts to mitigate the dangers of irregular migration and human trafficking acquisition and recognition of techniques and sustainable reintegration of returnees in direction of promoting secure and standard migration.

The UPLIFT challenge has four vital outcomes: (1.) Mitigate the vulnerabilities of returnees and other rural communities by enhanced obtain to sustainable enterprises and/or resilient livelihood options. (2.) Mitigate the pitfalls of irregular migration and human trafficking dangers via facts relating to safe and standard migration, important technical assist and resources/infrastructure (3.) Raise the entry to employability of women of all ages and adult men such as youth (both of those regionally and abroad) via improved abilities progress interventions (4.) Strengthen proof-based mostly info for successful policy formulation and final decision creating.

The challenge is steady with the plan priorities of the Governing administration of Sri Lanka this sort of as the National Coverage and Motion Program on Migration for Employment in Sri Lanka (2023-2027) and the National Strategic Action Strategy to Check and Combat Human Trafficking (2021-2025).

The UPLIFT project was formally released on 20 March 2024 with the participation of Mr. Katsuki Kotaro Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka, IOM Chief of Mission to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, ILO Place Director to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Secretary to the Ministry of Labour and Overseas Work, Major Common Kulatunge, Main of National Intelligence – Ministry of Defence (representing the Nationwide Anti-Human Trafficking Job Drive) and reps from other governing administration and non-governing administration organisations.

Mr. Kotaro Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Japan stated, Japan has been partaking in defense and upliftment of Sri Lankan migrant employees since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Each and every of them is an critical asset and actor who can add to the overall economy and society of Sri Lanka even from overseas. I listened to that the largest supply of revenue for Sri Lanka is remittance from abroad employees. Japan would like to aid their risk-free migration, guarding them from illegal human trafficking. I hope this will also boost our Specified Expert Worker Method, in which talented Sri Lankans can prosper in Japan, using their expertise..

The project is aligned to the nationwide priorities as outlined in the National Plan and Motion Program on Migration for Employment in Sri Lanka and the Countrywide Strategic Motion Strategy to Check and Fight Human Trafficking. We are grateful for the timely guidance from the Federal government of Japan for this essential initiative to advertising and marketing harmless and normal migration, guidance the returnees and communities in susceptible cases and to mitigate the challenges of smuggling and trafficking in human beings, claimed Mr. Sarat Sprint, IOMs Chief of Mission in Sri Lanka.

Ms. Joni Simpson, Director, ILO Place Workplace for Sri Lanka and the Maldives observed that, The ILO-IOM UPLIFT challenge enables Sri Lanka to better reply to the swiftly changing migration landscape. Strengthening the countrywide competencies infrastructure and evidence-based knowledge units pave the way for much more effective plan formulation. Teaching in key sectors, equips aspirant and returnee migrant personnel with the correct skills and details, vital for gainful work and accessing safe migration pathways. We take pleasure in the generous guidance from the Govt of Japan to additional respectable perform for the people of Sri Lanka.