POURAKHI-Nepal with the support of Dan Church Aid (DCA) facilitates a project entitled, “Communicating and Strengthening Women Migrant Workers (WMWs) Network and Expanding their Outreach and Mobilizing them to Protect the Rights of WMWs.” The project is focused in Bardiya District, a mid-western district with an open border to India. The objectives of this project are 1) to empower returnee migrant workers, especially women migrant workers and their families through capacity building and information dissemination on safe migration, 2) to advocate for the effective implementation of women migrant worker friendly international instruments, such as the ratification of the UN Convention 1990 on Migrant Workers and their Families, and ILO Convention 189 and 3) to strengthen civil society organizations. WithinBardiya district this project is particularly focused on the five migration prone VDCs,(Tarataal, Jamuni, MainaPokhar, Kalika and Sano Shree).
Activities performed between January 2014 – May 2014.
Joint Monitoring visit to Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur Districts with DCA representativeand WOREC representatives from 27th February to 3rd March 2014.
Recommendations for governa Coordinating Meeting of Safe Migration with Local Stakeholders in Guleriya, Bardiya on 28thFebruary 2014.ment representatives based on the GFMD 2014 Themes.
Organized a three day refresher training on safe migration to POURAKHI Bardiya members from the five VDCs.
MFA-Nepal Chapter (POURAKHI, PNCC, WOREC, Migrants Center and Youth Action Nepal) with the support of Dan Church Aid (DCA) organized a National level Pre consultation Meeting on the 4th of May 2014, on Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) – 2014 to be held in Stockholm, Sweden from 12-14th May 2014. Came up with recommendations and delivered them to the Government Delegate participating in the GFMD. (Recommendations below.
Participated in the People’s Global Action (PGA) program and Global Forum for Migration and Development 2014 in Stockholm, Sweden from 9th to 15th May 2014. (Key Messages from PGA below)
Integrate migration in global, regional and national development agendas
Leverage migration as an enabler for inclusive economic development
Leverage migration as an enabler for inclusive social development.
Role of Nepal Government& Action Steps :
Establish information dissemination centres in each district that can provide all/any information related to migration
Create more employment opportunities
Eliminate migration costs by reducing the maximum payments to recruitment agencies (ex. Malaysia 80,000NRS)
Provide formalized entrepreneurship and skills training free of cost or at more affordable rates
Provide investment opportunities with financial schemes to migrants and their families
Increase government programs and plans to manage migration
Establish banking schemes that facilitate safe migration, regulate recruitment processes, and monitor pay/remittance transfers
Establish a mandatory savings scheme for migrants (ex. Welfare Fund payments, insurance
Financial literacy training to migrant households
Review and amend destination country MoUs by consulting with civil society
Increase investment opportunities through providing an incentive scheme and/or better regulations to provide investor security
stablish banking schemes that facilitate safe migration, regulate recruitment processes, and monitor pay/remittance transfers
Social security fund (ex. through Welfare Fund)
Specific awareness program on safe migration, financial literacy, and reintegration
Provide awareness programs to address stigmatization of returnees
Dignity of work and respect for people working abroad through awareness campaigns
Women re-integration programs should provide opportunities for collective investment and skills capacity building
Awareness of social issues through religious leader/faith based.
Message to GFMD from Nepal Govt :
Compensation on death and accidents: Investigations and post mortems by independent organizations.
Work towards zero fees for workers during the migration process
Destination countries and employers should contribute to skills based training in source countries
Expedited justice services available in destination countries for victimized migrant workers by impartial parties (to the best of their ability)
Free choice of employment. Labour movement should not be restricted due to sponsorship/kafala systems
More research should be conducted to get a better understanding of migration patterns once workers have left Nepal
Ratify the international convention on migrant workers and their families (CMW)
Ratify ILO C189 on Domestic Work
Ensure all workers have a provident fund in the destination country (ex. employee and employer pay a percentage of the workers’ salary to a government fund to accrue interest. Worker should receive at the end of their employment.)
Government investment-scheme for investment in tourism and energy sector
Ensure women’s rights are respected throughout the migration process
Birth registration, certification, and citizenship should be addressed by destination and source countries.