ICM and IOM enters into collaboration study on Migration Management

Mar 23: The India Centre for Migration (ICM), a research think tank of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have entered into a collaboration for a joint study on “Strengthening data-informed and migrant-centred migration management frameworks in India”. The project was launched by Shri Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (CPV&OIA) and Chairman of ICM today. This project comes at a time when post-Covid recovery efforts to address the issues of international migration have gained momentum.

The project will study (a) best practices with regard to international migration data management to strengthen evidence-based policy making, and (b) explore opportunities for new migration corridors based on sectoral data and trends.

A key objective of the study is to augment practical information for aspiring Indian migrants in emerging sectors in new destinations. An analysis of evidence-based best practices will strengthen the mechanisms for migration governance. The project also aims to provide a gender-sensitive strategy, in line with the objectives of the government to adopt and mainstream a gender-sensitive approach and policies.

The joint studies under the project will also examine the impact of changes in technology, economic environment and the Covid-19 situation; explore possibilities for skilling and for concluding bilateral and multilateral agreements; and analyse evidence-based approaches for safe, legal, smart and sustainable migration. Considering the dynamic nature of the labour market with changing demand for skills, data-focused migration governance will be vital for effective and dynamic policy making. It will facilitate implementation of government’s migrant-centric and evidence-based policies to better address migrant interests and also enhance labour market opportunities for Indian workers, in both traditional and new destinations.

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