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By B.M. Murshideen

Foreign Employment Minister Dilan Perera has requested the United Nations to form a new body known as ‘UN Migrant’ which could with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) attend to matters related to the international migration of people.

The minister made this request when speaking at the IOM’s 60th anniversary celebrations held on Monday at Hotel Cinnamon Grand. He said the office of the ‘UN Migrant’ could be located in Colombo.

“There is no dedicated World body to handle migration matters. Migrants and refugees are looked after by the UN refugee agency - UNHCR. I see the need for a UN body to sustain, support and deal with migration issues” the minister said.

The IOM was established in 1951 after World War ll and it has now become a global intergovernmental organization with 1,312 member states and 97 with observer status, International Organizations and NGOs.

It has more than 420 field locations staffed by more than 7,000 workers. Sri Lanka became a member in 1990 and the country office was established in 2002.

The minister requested the IOM to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Israel in relation to Sri Lanka, to provide jobs for more than a thousand care givers, agricultural labourers and construction workers. (Daily Mirror)

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  • ramesh Tuesday, 24 May 2011 06:57 PM

    At least some sensible suggestion from a Minister

    KS Wednesday, 25 May 2011 08:46 AM

    Then wouldn't IOM be out of a job?

    The Undertaker Wednesday, 25 May 2011 12:02 AM

    YOU GUYS ( GOSL) BLAMED ISREAL ONE TIME FOR WAR CRIMES-NOW TRYING TO SEND PEOPLE THERE FOR JOBS- SHAME ON YOU

    kumudu Wednesday, 25 May 2011 12:27 PM

    We have more regional power than to level of UN. As I have suggested in a forum last week in Doha why not inspire the idea in SAARC. Most of SAARC depend on migrant workers income.


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