12 days ago
An expert panel on Thursday discussed the
issue of migration push factors, risks and dangers of irregular migration, host
countries policies, impact of migration on Kurdistan's community, and creating
favorable environment for safe and legal migrations.
The panelists were Dr Heja Sindi from UKH’s
Kurdistan Business School; Jalal Mohammed, member of the Parliament and a
former police commissioner; Bryar Muhammed Kakarash,a local migration expert at The Migrants
Project; and Dastan Qader, Director of Programmes at Rwanga Foundation.
Mr Kakarash mentioned their organization’s
attempts to prevent the irregular migration and highlighted how they are
enlightening the youth to understand the realities of human trafficking and
final destinations policies.
Migration and movement is a basic human
right, said Dr Sindi, adding that increasingly more and more people develop a
global citizen identity for which they want to explore the world.
“However, the education system should be
able to educate students and the youth to match the current working
environments in Kurdistan.”
He also called on the government and the
parliament to pass certain policies on managing the diaspora and relocation
policies, as well as developing stronger agreements with countries to control
The Director of Programmes at Rwanga
Foundation Dastan Qader referred to the various programs and projects they have
for developing skills and enabling job opportunities.
“At Rwanga, we have the Foras Jobs platform
which is a facilitation between jobseekers and employers to find the right job
for the right people,” he said. “We have also countless projects that concentrates
on developing the skills of the youth and prepare them for the current
The former police commissioner and current
MP Jalal Mohammed highlighted the legal context with regard to smuggling
“It is extremely difficult to apply our
laws on most of the irregular migration activities since they occur in second
countries, like Turkey. Therefore, we need to build understandings and
agreements with other countries to restrict any sort of irregular activities.
We also need to improve our current laws to make it applicable to everyone that
engages in any step in this irregular migration.