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Orientation for South Asian Journalists on Migrant Labor
Experts on migration from South Asia introduced issues, concerns and situation of labor migration – especially to the Gulf countries and Malaysia – to the journalists selected as fellows of the South Asia Initiative on Migrant Labor during an orientation workshop in Kathmandu on March 18-20.
The three-day Regional Orientation Workshop for South Asian Journalists on Migrant Labor brought together nine fellows representing Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to discuss and understand migration labor and associated issues.
The fellowships are being offered by Panos South Asia, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), to encourage dialogue and discussion on migrant labor issue among all concerned, including laborers, trade unions, and governments of labor-sending and labor-receiving countries. The goal is to have stories from journalists, from home as well as destination countries.
Regional experts on migration issues – Bandita Sijapati, Laxman Basnet and Kanak Mani Dixit from Nepal, Mitu Varma (India), Dilrukshi Handuunetti (Sri Lanka), Muhammad Aslam Adeeb (Pakistan), Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh) – were joined by IOM Nepal Chief of Mission Maurizio Busatti, ILO Nepal’s National Project Coordinator Niyama Rai, Diplomacy Training Program’s Executive Director Patrick Earle and The Guardian’s journalist Pete Pattisson. Ray Jureidini, a Consultant of the Qatar Foundation, joined the orientation workshop on Skype.
The inaugural session of workshop was participated by Fadli Adilah, Charge d’Affaires of Embassy of Malaysia in Kathmandu, Shabarinath Nair, regional advisor on migration and development for South and South-East Asia of SDC, SAARC Secretariat’s YKA Rohanajith and representative from Embassy of Qatar in Kathmandu. Panos South Asia’s Executive Director Damakant Jayshi moderated the sessions.
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