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  • The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has been allocated an additional $60 million to further advance work during the upcoming fiscal year, to establish a National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development.
  • This provision is contained in the 2020/21 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
  • The project aims to build the capacities of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to facilitate the mainstreaming of migration into their operations, in order to maximise the derivable benefits, develop a Migration and Development Policy, facilitate a comprehensive governance framework to enable policy development and implementation, and develop a national statistical migration database.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has been allocated an additional $60 million to further advance work during the upcoming fiscal year, to establish a National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development.

This provision is contained in the 2020/21 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The project aims to build the capacities of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to facilitate the mainstreaming of migration into their operations, in order to maximise the derivable benefits, develop a Migration and Development Policy, facilitate a comprehensive governance framework to enable policy development and implementation, and develop a national statistical migration database.

The project, which initially ran from January 2011 to June 2012 and was extended four times, had, up to December 2019, seen the completion of a policy on international migration and the development of a Green Paper, development and publication of Jamaica’s 2018 migration profile, drafting of a National Diaspora Policy, and development of a Policy Implementation Plan for 2017-2022, among other out-turns.

Among the activities slated for 2020/21 are undertaking of a Child Trafficking Protection Compact Study, continued updating of the national migration database, and continuation of social enterprise and livelihood activities.

Another $50 million has been earmarked to fund engagements programmed for 2021/22.

The project, which is slated to conclude in March 2022, is being jointly financed by the Government of Jamaica, the United Nations Development Programme, and the International Organization of Migration.

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