Advancing dialogue requires experienced knowledge: Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski

Published Date:   Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

The India-EU Cooperation Dialogue on Migration and Mobility, a tripartite dialogue was jointly organised by International Labour Organization (ILO), the European Union and International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) of Austria, which was held in New Delhi on 26th September 2017.

In the opening remark, Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India and Bhutan mentions that the event is a progress in India-EU cooperation since last summit in 2016. He situated the role of India in migration by presenting some important statistical figures. According To UN stats, in 2015, there were 1.2 million Indians in EU. Moreover, India hosts almost 5000 European. In 2016, 7500 visa for Schengen states were provided to Indian which comprises 37% of the total visas provided by EU. Out of these, maximum visas are for employment followed by those availed by students for pursuing higher education. He also mentioned that 21% of blue card,which is for high skilled workers, went to Indians. In light of the importance of India in the process of migration, he talks about four pillars of development which needs to be focused, i.e., better organization, prevention of irregular migration, maximum development of migration mobility, and promotion of international protection. He mentions that advancing dialogue requires experienced knowledge. Therefore, partners from ILO and international organizations look forward to upcoming collaboration, dialogue and practical discussions to open new channels of exchange of ideas and practices which may benefit both sending as well as host country in cooperation. 

Report by Tasha Agarwal

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