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Project News: ICMPD to support the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation on reintegration

12 April 2018


On 3 April 2018 a letter of support was exchanged between ICMPD and the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) in Islamabad, Pakistan. Both organizations aim to collaborate towards strengthening the return and reintegration program for overseas Pakistanis. The ceremony at the OPF head office was attended by representatives from government, the private sector, media and the overseas Pakistani community.

As per the request from the OPF in March 2018, ICMPD will provide technical assistance and expertise in developing an online platform for the registration of returning Pakistani migrants, preparing the reintegration framework and strategies, and strengthening the response and referral pathways among relevant stakeholders through the creation of an inter-agency committee on return and reintegration. The partnership between ICMPD and OPF on reintegration will be for one year starting in April 2018. This collaboration is part of the ongoing project “Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes Countries” funded by the European Union.

Given the changes in policies of countries in the Gulf, where almost 80 percent of Pakistani migrants are working, and the volatile economic conditions of the typical destination countries, it is imperative that sending countries like Pakistan plan for the return of these migrants. Data on their conditions and needs as well as opportunities they can provide back to Pakistan has to be collected and analyzed. OPF stands ready to provide some of these needs but we need partners such as ICMPD to help us facilitate the process”, stated Mr. Habib ur Rehman Gilani, Managing Director of the OPF.

In December 2017, the OPF had set up the Facilitation and Reintegration Centre (FRC) at the OPF head office in Islamabad to start the registration of returning Pakistanis and identify their needs and issues. OPF is collaborating with various stakeholders for job creation, capital for investment, business incubation, training, and micro-financing for returning migrants. There are approximately 10 million Pakistanis working in several countries, mainly in the Gulf region. Thousands of them return every year to Pakistan and require reintegration services in their home country.

ICMPD will conduct capacity building for FRC officers and partner agencies. The partners will jointly develop information material and promote the FRC and its services towards overseas Pakistanis, families and the community. Furthermore, the OPF will establish regional offices for FRC in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan and Mirpur. 

 

More information on the Silk Routes Partnership for Migration can be found here