Second meeting of the Project Advisory Committee on protecting children affected by migration in Tajikistan

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The 42-month project on Protecting children affected by migration in Southeast, South and Central Asia with a total budget of EUR 12,140,550 for eight countries, which came into active implementation phase in the summer of 2018, aims to enable children affected by migration (and their caregivers), including those left behind by migrating parents, to access the necessary social and protection services. The European Union contribution to the project constitutes 10,557,000 euro.

UNICEF Tajikistan together with the Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment of the Population and with the support of the European Union organised the second meeting of the Project Advisory Committee to discuss joint efforts to improve the environment and systems in the country that will allow increased protection of children affected by migration.

The 42-month project on Protecting children affected by migration in Southeast, South and Central Asia with a total budget of EUR 12,140,550 for eight countries, which came into active implementation phase in the summer of 2018, aims to enable children affected by migration (and their caregivers), including those left behind by migrating parents, to access the necessary social and protection services. The European Union contribution to the project constitutes 10,557,000 euro.

The Deputy Minister of Labour, Migration and Employment of the Population, Mr Nurullo Mahmadullozada, welcomed members of the Project Advisory Committee and gave an overview of the situation of migration and the work of the Ministry. The Project Advisory Committee, which comprises members from a wide range of Ministries, international organizations, UN agencies and local NGOs, discussed the progress of the project since its inception and agreed on a working plan for the next six months of the project.

Over the reporting stage, project implementers have identified 200 children affected by migration and begun assisting 62 families with access to birth certificates, identification documents, legal and social counselling. As part of the project, six pilot social assistance at home units were refurbished with an essential equipment's needed to transform into a centre for social services provision. First 30 para social workers have been oriented with issues related to statelessness, child protection, migration and social protection.

Following the opening, Stefano Ellero, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Tajikistan mentioned, Migration is a crucial aspect in the reality of Tajikistan. We are all aware of the deep impacts it has on the families left behind and especially on the most vulnerable members within the families: children. The EU is very proud to have established through this programme a valuable partnership with UNICEF and the Government of Tajikistan to provide a better living environment for children affected by migration

Representative of the UNICEF Tajikistan, Mr Luciano Calestini said: Migration is part of the fabric of the lives of tens of millions of people around the world, and has become a defining socio-economic feature of our time. While migration can bring benefits to families and children, we should also consider the social costs of children who are negatively affected or at risk. Many children are often pushed to the margins of society, face difficulties accessing services, and are vulnerable to violence, exploitation and abuse as a consequence of migration. We thank our partners from the Government of Tajikistan who are taking action to improve the situation of the children affected by migration, including those left behind, and thank the European Union for their commitment and support on this critical issue.

About the Project

The new Project launched in December of 2017 by the European Union and UNICEF aims to protect children affected by migration in countries across Southeast, South and Central Asia, including Tajikistan. Over the next three years, the contribution will reach at least 2,500 Tajik children affected by migration, including migrating children and children who have been left behind by parents or caregivers migrating in search for better economic opportunities to support their families.

The overall contribution from the European Union and UNICEF to Tajikistan will help to strengthen national child protection systems by training professionals and government authorities to identify, refer and assist vulnerable children affected by migration and to apply child-friendly procedures at border points. This will allow to ensure that children and families have access to social assistance, legal aid, psychosocial support, counselling, birth registration and parenting support.

About European Union

The European Union is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies. Together, during a period of enlargement of 60 years, they have built a zone of stability, democracy and sustainable development whilst maintaining cultural diversity, tolerance and individual freedoms. The European Union is committed to sharing its achievements and its values with countries and peoples beyond its borders. To this end the EU is active in Tajikistan since 1992 and provides approximately EUR 35 million annually in development assistance.

About UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to save children's lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF works with the United Nations and its agencies to make sure that children are on the global agenda. UNICEF strikes a balance between thorough research and practical solutions for children. And we never give up.

Source: European Commission