A two-day long regional consultation titled ‘Root Causes and Drivers of Migration ended recently in Sri Lanka.
Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) through the support of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Work in Freedom (WIF) organized the consultation.
The program was held from 29 to 30 October 2019 in Negombo, Sri Lanka with participants from civil society, academics and trade unions, according to MFA Facebook post.
The regional consultation had three objectives (I)to look at root causes and drivers of migration from the perspective of development, labour, gender and human rights, (II) understand the linkages of development issues and drivers of migration and (III) work in collaboration with human rights and development organisations (including peasant organizations) in building advocacy around the issue.
The consultation built on the recommendations of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration (GCM) and civil society’s engagement around the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs).
The consultation looked at development—its deficits and implications on human rights, labour, and gender.
Moving forward, the consultation also tackled possible alternatives and building resilience on the current causes and effects of development.
MFA regional coordinator Ashley William Gois, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit coordinator Dr CR Abrar, RMMRU founding chair Dr Tasneem Siddiqui, National Workers' Movement’ chairperson Lissy Joseph, Secretary General at Pakistan Rural Workers Social Welfare Organization Sabir Farhat, Programme Manager at Rural Reconstruction Nepal Bhanu Parajuli, Project Officer of Migration and Human Trafficking at Women and Media Collective Dilshani Nugawela, JWAS’s Dipendra Sharma, MFA’s staffs Alexis Nadine E. Bautista, Sunshine Josol and Joanna Yu, among others took part in the consultation.