GIS - 07 May, 2013: A first batch of Mauritians will be leaving for Italy in December this year under a circular migration project initiated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies -Directorate General of Immigration, Italy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment in Mauritius and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), mission to Mauritius.
The circular migration project which is one of the outcomes of the continuous cooperation between the Italian and Mauritian Governments both on a bilateral level, was launched yesterday at the seat of the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment in Port Louis in the presence of the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Mr Shakeel Mohamed.
Were also present: the Ambassador to the European Union, Head of the EU Delegation in Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles, H.E Alessandro Mariani, the Italian Ambassador in South Africa, H.E. Vincenzo Schioppa, the Director General for Immigration and Integration Policies in Italy, Mr Natale Forlani, and the Head of Office of IOM Mauritius, Mrs Lalini Veerassamy.
The project of a total amount of Euros 842,634 which is of approximately Rs 34 million, is being implemented in the framework of the “Thematic Program of Cooperation with Third Countries in the Areas of Migration and Asylum”, funded by the European Commission and co-funded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies of Italy.
The main objective is to foster cooperation between Italy and Mauritius to promote labour migration, through capacity building on the management of legal migration and facilitation of circular migration projects with employers so as to prevent brain drain and strengthen the link between migration and development.
The key areas of intervention to be addressed under the project are namely: the promotion of circular migration avenues to 70 Mauritians to be recruited in the tourism and fishing sectors and 30 operators in the agro-industry to be trained at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (IAMB), Italy and the strengthening of competences and capacity of the Italian and Mauritian authorities to manage labour migration between Italy and Mauritius through training.
All the project activities will be jointly coordinated through the establishment of an Inter-Institutional Technical Steering Committee composed by the implementing partners.
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