Increase awareness on Labour Migration for Pakistani workers

The Punjab Labour and Human Resource Department is in the process of establishing the first ever Migrant Resource Centre in Pakistan. The centre, which is supported by the EU funded ILO-South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project, will provide a range of support services to (potential) migrant workers with the overall aim to make migration safe and profitable. The first stakeholder meeting was organized on 22 September 2015 to ensure full collaboration of all actors involved in making the centre a success.

Press release | Lahore | 28 September 2015
LAHORE (ILO News): The Department of Labour and Human Resource Punjab is in the process of establishing the first ever Migrant Resource Centre in Pakistan. The centre is housed at the Industrial Relation Institute in Lahore and is being established with the technical assistance of the ILO under its EU funded South Asia Labour Migration Governance Project. When fully operational, the centre will provide a range of services including information on safe migration, foreign employment options, country specific pre-departure training and legal counselling and support to Pakistanis interested in foreign employment.

The Secretary of the Department of Labour & Human Resource (DoL) Punjab, Mr Ishrat Ali and ILO Country Director Mr Francesco d’Ovidio jointly opened the first stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Migrant Resource Center on 22 September 2015 in Lahore. Representatives of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC), employment agencies, Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC), Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (P-TEVTA), International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), City & Guilds and other relevant institutions who provide services to migrant workers participated in the meeting.

While speaking at the meeting, Mr Ishrat Ali, Secretary of Labour & Human Resource Lahore, acknowledged the important contribution migrant workers make towards Pakistan’s development, mainly in the form of remittances and transfer of new skills. He shared the department’s vision and commitment to facilitating safe migration of Pakistani workers and agreed to replicate the migrant resource centre-model at the district level through district labour offices in order to ensure that labour migrants’ access accurate and timely information as required.

Mr Francesco d’Ovidio, Country Director ILO, congratulated the department for successfully establishing the migrant resource centre. Given that there are some 8.1 million Pakistanis from Punjab currently working abroad, there is certainly a need for information services. Mr d’Ovidio stressed the need to institutionalize such initiatives and suggested that a strong coordination network among relevant stakeholders needs to be built to serve the large number of potential clients. Mr d’Ovidio also emphasised on a need to prepare a forward looking strategy and more robust analysis on the labour market information of the migrant receiving countries to inform skill development initiatives in Pakistan.

Participants provided feedback and inputs towards the implementation of the migrant resource centre and called for a strong media campaign so that those interested in migration can get required information and access other services provided by the centre. The participants assured their unconditional support towards this very important initiative.

For further information please contact:

Ms Sadia Hameed
National Programme Officer
Tel: +92 51 2276456