Several members of the team at UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance are supporting ICMPD in its implementation of the “Support of a Development-sensitive and Coherent Turkish Migration Policy Framework” project, short title ‘Sessiz Destek’, which is a Swiss-funded initiative designed to support the Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) in strategy development and capacity development. With the adoption of a new comprehensive legislation on migration in Turkey – the Law on Foreigners and International Protection (April 2013) –, including the establishment of a normative framework and a new institutional structure, the government now has the opportunity of integrating development into migration and take a balanced approach to migration governance. The Sessiz Destek project contributes to this objective by identifying development-sensitive migration policy objectives both in the internal and external dimension of migration strategies. Thus far, the team have supported through the provision of training and are currently developing a checklist to ensure that the implementation of the Law on Foreigners is Development Sensitive.
The overall objective of the SALM project is to promote well-managed labour migration from South Asia to the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC), to ensure effective protection of the rights of vulnerable migrant workers, enhance the development impact of labour migration and reduce irregular flows. The project targets low-skilled migrant workers from India, Nepal and Pakistan migrating to Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The midterm evaluation assesses whether the project is on the right track towards achieving the stated objectives. The evaluation will also serve to inform organizational decision making and ensure transparency and accountability to the donor. The evaluation applied the OECD/DAC criteria for evaluations.