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Reintegration of Returnee Migrants – Challenges & Issues

21-12-2017

Overseas Pakistanis Foundation

Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development

Shahrah-e-Jamhuriyat G/5-2, Islamabad

Press Release

 

In commemoration of International Migrants week, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation organized a seminar in Islamabad to highlight the issue of “Reintegration of Returnee Migrants – Challenges & Issues”.

State Minister for Overseas Pakistanis & HRD - Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, while expressing his views stated that the present Government attaches great importance to the Overseas Pakistanis and is working untiringly to resolve their issues. For this purpose, Overseas Pakistanis Foundation has launched a Facilitation and Reintegration Center for returnee migrants which will start working within the next 3 months.

According to UN statistics 258 million people worldwide have left their home countries in search of better and sustainable livelihoods.

Coming to this year’s proposed theme for Pakistan; “Reintegration of Returnee Migrants” various dignitaries from Government and International organizations shared their experiences and way forward for reintegration of migrant workers. Federal Secretary M/o OP & HRD opined that currently 8.5 million Pakistanis are living abroad and playing a pivotal role in Nations positive image building so special consideration should be given to redress their issues. Hafiz Ahsan Khokhar – Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis shed some light on ombudsmen’s initiatives in eliminating problems pertaining to Overseas Pakistanis. MD OPF, Mr. Habib-ur-Rehman Gillani elaborated the role of migrants in Nation Building and highlighted the initiatives taken by OPF to facilitate returnee migrants and their families in Pakistan. Officials from ILO, IOM and ICMPD highlighted the major issues faced by returnee migrants and their families such as financial constraints, lack of compatibility in education systems, socio cultural differences etc.

The seminar ended with a vote of thanks from MD OPF and a commitment to work jointly in addressing the challenges faced by Overseas Pakistanis locally and abroad. 

 

Public Relations Officer (PRO)