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IOM schedules youth migration workshop for Kariba


International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth, Indigenisation and Empowerment will next week hold a two-day workshop to tackle migration and the brain drain among youths.
This is the third in a series of the workshops following the 2007 and 2008 editions.
Zuzana Jankechová an official with IOM Zimbabwe said the workshop would be held on July 27 and 28 in Kariba under the theme, “Towards national development through managed migration.”
Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment minister Savior Kasukuwere is scheduled to officiate at the workshop.
“With participants drawn from the key government line ministries, youth associations, and youth-focused NGOs, the dialogue seeks to facilitate youth participation in national efforts to address migration and development challenges,” Jankechová said.
Jankechová said because the economic situation remains precarious, migration has become a common strategy for youth and skilled labour to seek better economic opportunities abroad.
Jankechova said the just-ended Fifa World Cup in South Africa had been a pull factor generating a lot of movement across borders.
The IOM official said the workshop would address the main migration issues affecting Zimbabwe such as the brain drain, migration management and Diaspora engagement in national development, among other matters.
“This forum will also help the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare to identify issues to be included in broader labour migration policy that IOM, in conjunction with ILO, is helping to create,” Jankechová said.
The workshop is part of the broader “Safe Journey” information campaign aimed at addressing issues related to irregular migration among youths.

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