ISLAMABAD: One of the most effective ways to combat common abuses of migrants such as underpayment of wages, confiscation of passports, substandard working conditions and confinement in the workplace, is to ensure that migrants are equipped with knowledge and strategies to safeguard their labour- and human rights throughout the migration cycle, said experts.
As per the UN proclamation, the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development set up the Migrant Resource Center (MRC) in Islamabad in 2015 with the backing from the ILO-EU financed “South Asia Labor Migration Governance Project” (SALM) and the ICMPD-EU supported undertaking “Silk Routes Partnership for Migration”.
While MRCs as of now exists in other work sending nations in South Asia, the middle in Islamabad was the primary ever to be set up in Pakistan. The MRC gives a scope of bolster administrations to (potential) vagrants, transient laborers, and their families including data, guiding, referral and pre-flight introduction.
The Center was initiated today by the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Khizer Hayat Khan.
Manzoor Ahamd Kayani, Joint Secretary Emigration (MoOP&HRD) specified that “from 1971 till today around 9 million Pakistanis have continued abroad for business, for the most part go to GCC nations. The lion’s share of laborers are low gifted specialists and absence of data on safe relocation, access to bolster instruments and equity add to their vulnerabilities and in this way they confront misuse and manhandle amid enlistment and work process”.
He stressed that “the fundamental reason for the MRC is to give precise and opportune data on protected and legitimate relocation, referral and guiding, and additionally bringing issues to light on sporadic movement and the related genuine dangers”.
Ingrid Christensen, Country Director, International Labor Organization (ILO) Country Office for Pakistan expressed that “The ILO is the main UN office with a sacred order to secure vagrant specialists. The ILO Constitution – which will be one hundred years of age in 1919 – addresses the requirements of assurance of the hobbies of specialists when utilized in nations other than their own, they ought to be dealt with as individuals not as an item”.
She additionally said that the administration ought to consider the approval of worldwide benchmarks identified with work movement, including the two ILO Conventions Nos. 97 and 143.
Sedef Dearing, Senior Regional Advisor, Silk Routes, International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) said in her discourse “that these MRCs are a result of association of EU and ILO as well as a few different nations also, in particular Bulgaria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom”. She reviewed the arrangement of occasions held under Budapest Process which brought about choice to bolster the foundation of MRCs and said that “giving the right data to the right individuals is significant when bootleggers endeavor to fill in the shortage of data. It is essential that right aptitudes are coordinated with the right occupations so that vagrants and the nations of cause and destination make best utilization of these abilities”.
E. István Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary to Pakistan said that “individuals move looking for work and concentrate so that can add to the welfare of their families, lamentably the all around sorted out human runners and traffickers bunch exploit this, and trap them by giving false data to the defenseless vagrants keeping in mind the end goal to delude them and acquire benefit without making a fuss over the fate of their casualties and their families”.
In finishing up his discourse, he said that “the MRCs here in Islamabad will be a decent wellspring of data for potential vagrants to get data on safe relocation and results of unpredictable movement”.
Tending to the inaugural occasion, Jean-François Cautain, Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan said that “truly, Europe has been both a source and a destination for movement, and work relocation is additionally especially at the heart of the European Union today keeping in mind relocation can advantage social orders from multiple points of view, it can likewise posture issues, specifically on the off chance that it happens illicitly, and right now Europe is amidst an uncommon emergency of unlawful movement, which constitutes a genuine test of our collaboration.
Illicit movement is an issue for the beneficiary nation as well as represent a genuine dangers to vagrants themselves, hence we look forward a successful organization with the legislature of Pakistan to battle with this hazard”. Represetative Cautain proceeded by saying “We are additionally in support to advance legitimate open doors as our populaces are maturing and later on there will be a developing number of occupations that it will be hard to fill from inside of Europe. Consequently, it is to our greatest advantage to have the capacity to draw on qualified and intrigued applicants from whatever remains of the world.