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  • The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will continue work to formulate the country’s National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development.
  • Approximately $34.7 million is earmarked for this undertaking in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
  • The project aims to build the capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to facilitate migration mainstreaming in their operations.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) will continue work to formulate the country’s National Policy and Plan of Action on International Migration and Development.

Approximately $34.7 million is earmarked for this undertaking in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The project aims to build the capacity of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to facilitate migration mainstreaming in their operations.

Achievements up to December 2018 include development of a draft International Migration and Development Policy (Green Paper); establishment of a National Working Group (multi-stakeholder governance structure), to oversee policy formulation and implementation; drafting of a National Diaspora Policy; formulation of a capacity development strategy for MDAs; and development of a Policy Implementation Plan for 2017 to 2022.

Work earmarked for 2019/20 includes supporting the finalisation and tabling of the Diaspora Policy; hosting regional workshops for a programme of protection and assistance to vulnerable migrants; participation in the biennial Diaspora Conference; policy consultations and sensitisation sessions; and policy implementation.

The project, which initially ran from January 2011 to June 2012, has been extended four times and is now scheduled to conclude in 2022.

Funding is being jointly provided by the Government of Jamaica, United Nations Development Programme, and International Organization for Migration.