Labour and Facilitated Migration
“Developing a Roadmap to Facilitate South-South Labour Mobility”. The project “Developing a Roadmap to Facilitate South-South Labour Mobility” aims to respond to regional needs through a two-pronged approach: enhance labour migration management capacities and build innovative rights-focused frameworks to strengthen regional labour migration plans and policies. The project, which involved nine SADC Member States is running until February 2017.
IOM Mauritius hosted a regional workshop on labour migration in May 2016. The workshop aimed to contribute to the strengthening of the capacity of Ministries of Labour in target SADC countries to implement labour migration programmes within the framework of the SADC Regional Action Plan on Labour Migration, SADC Regional Labour Migration Policy Framework, and of the SADC Employment and Labour Protocol.
"Facilitate a responsible and effective circular migration of Mauritian workers to Italy". The project, which ended in May 2016, aimed to reinforce capacity of Mauritian authorities in managing migration to Italy in a planned and systematic manner. The project provided useful tools to promote circular migration as a means to prevent brain drain and illegal migration. Through this project, a hundred participants from Mauritius and Rodrigues were selected to attend various training programmes in Italy. The project also provided financial assistance to 11 beneficiaries, who had been selected after submission of a call for proposals exercise in December 2015, to set up a new business project or expand their existing business enterprises.
Within the framework of the project, an online job portal was launched in 2014 to facilitate the advertisement of job offers and the registration of applicants. The Mauritius Jobs Portal is still in use and provides a platform for both local and international job offers.
- European Union
- Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies
“Selection, Preparation, and Mobilization of Mauritian Migrant Workers in Canada”. Since 2008, IOM implemented seven circular migration projects, in collaboration with the Government of Mauritius and private Canadian companies. In order to ensure the mobilization and integration of Mauritian migrant workers in Canada, IOM provided assistance to job applicants in the operations of recruitment, registration, pre-selection and selection.
Additionally, IOM established an online Database and Migration Resource Centre for Mauritians seeking employment abroad which provides an informative assistance to potential and actual Mauritian migrants in the migration and decision-making process, as well as to assist returning migrants to Mauritius, by providing information on options, procedures, and reliable contacts.
- Maple Leaf Consumer Foods
- Lakeside Packers
- Canadian Contract Cleaning Specialists Inc.
- Chisholm (Lucy Porc, Olymel, Supraliments SEC)
- Prudhomme Inc.
“Enhancing the Development Impact of Migration: Developing an Overseas Employment and Diasporas Mobilization Strategy in Mauritius”. Under the project "Enhancing the Development Impact of Migration: Developing an Overseas Employment and Diasporas Mobilization Strategy in Mauritius", an assessment study was conducted in May 2008 on (1) the internal labour market in Mauritius to improve human resource planning; (2) mapping the location and profile of the diasporas and the development of a preliminary road map to enhance the involvement and contribution of the diasporas in the development strategies of Mauritius, and (3) labour migration opportunities abroad for Mauritian nationals. This project resulted in a strategy designed for placing workers in foreign countries, among others.
"Partnership on Mobility on Health in East and Southern Africa (PHAMESA II)”. IOM is currently implementing the PHAMESA II regional programme in Mauritius which offers a comprehensive public health approach, addressing health concerns that particularly affect migrants and mobile populations with focus on HIV prevention, treatment and care, and related conditions like tuberculosis and reproductive health.
In the context of the second phase of the project that will end in December 2017, relevant stakeholders met in April 2016 in Seychelles, to validate the Regional Migration and Health Strategy 2016 -2018: Priorities for the South West Indian Ocean Islands which aims at improving the management of migrants’ health and communities affected by migration in the Indian Ocean region by drawing up a list of priority actions to be completed by 2018.
- Swedish International Development Cooperation
Migration Policy and Research
"Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP)”. This 3 years project (January 2014 – December 2016) aims to contribute to the global knowledge base on the relationship between migration and environmental change, including climate change. The innovative research will aim to formulate policy options on how migration can benefit adaptation strategies to environmental and climate change. Mauritius is one of the 6 project countries including Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Papua New Guinea and Viet Nam.
On the basis of the existing and ongoing research, a National level country assessment was conducted in 2015 to identify the opportunities and challenges of migration in building resilience against climate change, followed by a national household survey which collected new evidences on the issues of migration, displacement and relocation in the face of environmental and climate change in 3 selected sites in Mauritius.
- European Union
- IOM Development Fund
The Other Migrants: Cause and Prevention of Migration of Gradual Environmental Change – Environment and Sustainable Development in the Republic of Mauritius. The linkage between environmental degradation and population movement is a complex one. In small islands such as Mauritius, the impact of climate change could be disastrous in terms of, for instance, rising sea level and altered precipitation patterns. In 2011, this 1035 Facility-funded project was intended as an initial investigation into the inter-relationship between environmental degradation and population movements in these islands, in the broader context of how this linkage affects human security, as well as sustainable development and livelihoods.
Main text: October 2016
Facts and figures: March 2016