17 June 2014

Tunisia: "Improving Governance of Labour Migration" Project Launched

Tunis, — Minister of Social Affairs Ahmed Ammar Youmbai kicked off, Tuesday, the three-year project (2013- 2015)"improving the governance of labour migration and the protection of migrant workers' rights" (IRAM).

The project aimed to improve governance of labour migration and the protection of migrant workers' rights in Tunisia, Morocco, Libya and Egypt.

The project is achieved jointly with the Ministry of Social Affairs, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Tunisia in partnership with the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) and the components of the civil society.

This project is funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC).

The IRAM project started in 2013 by the achievement of a six-year assessment study on "the governance of workforce migration in Tunisia" whose preliminary results were presented during this meeting and will be adopted in the next stages.

According to this study, the number of Tunisian migrants stands in 2012 at more than one million, 223 thousands against 698,000 in 2000 i.e. 11% of the whole population in Tunisia.

The main hosting countries of the Tunisian migrants in 2012 are France (54.7%), Italy (15.4%), Libya (7.8%) and Germany (7.1 %).

The study evoked the absence of a legislative framework of migration adapted to the national and international requirements.

Among the recommendations of this study, the need to develop two information systems on the international market of employment and on migration.

Minister of Social Affairs underlined at the inauguration of a conference organised by the International Labour Organisation on « social dialogue in matters of workforce migration", held jointly with the project of "promotion of social dialogue and boosting of governance of work", that the IRAM project will help boost the country's skills in the elaboration of strategies in matters of migration to protect the rights of immigrants by adopting an participatory approach.

Evoking the importance of improving legislation and national policies of migration, he specified that the Ministry started the development of a plan in the migration field for the protection of the immigrant workers.

This strategic plan will be negotiated in collaboration with the national and international partners, the civil society and the Tunisian expatriates, he underlined.

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