Student Mobility is necessary to address the Economic and Demographic Challenges of EU, says Greek Ambassador Raptakis

Published Date:   Friday, Jun 14, 2013

Student Mobility is necessary to address the Economic and Demographic Challenges of EU, says Greek Ambassador Raptakis

Mr. Ioannis Raptakis, Ambassador of Greece to India, speaking at an international workshop on the Student Mobility and Knowledge-based Economies was organised on 14th June 2013 at JNU Convention Centre by India Centre for Migration (ICM), a think tank of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) has highlighted the need for more friendly policies for third countries (other than EU) to facilitate students and researchers. He mentioned that several structural challenges facing in Economic and Demographic areas can be effectively addressed by facilitating the mobility of highly skilled people. Third country researchers and students can help EU to overcome the economic challenges through facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship.  

Mr. Raptakis mentioned that immigration of highly skilled people are sought after all over the world. These mutual engagements are for win win situation for all the stakeholders- sending and receiving countries, individual migrants and family. He highlighted the need for first track procedure for admission for Non EU students, promotion of temporary visits of knowledge migration, good governance on the part of both the sending and receiving countries to facilitate migration and mobility to meet the challenges of global demand for knowledge.  Good governance, according to him, will promote legal migration and reduce exploitation. Student mobility is two way process. Many students from EU also come to India for study. India is rich in culture so also Greece. India needs to make policies that are friendly to the European students, said Mr. Raptakis. 

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