Reintegration services for returned migrants to be set in Moldova

Several localities and territorial structures for employment will be supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Moldova and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in creating a new model of local economic development, as well as in providing high quality services. hiring and reintegrating returned migrants.

These are the results of the second stage of the UNDP project: Migration and local development. Thus, 25 out of 35 communities selected through the contest will benefit from financial support worth 60,000 USD each (50 per cent cofinancing) for realisation of projects of economic development of communities.

Also, UNDP will continue to cooperate with the Associations of Natives, in partnership with the Congress of Local Authorities of Moldova, to support migrants wishing to contribute to local development. Also, there will take place grant programmes: Accelerator and Incubator. These will provide the Native Associations with the possibility of financing local projects based on the 1+1 formula, with grants worth 1,000 10,000 USD (the grant value will be equivalent to the native contribution).

During the first stage, the UNDP project: Migration and local development (2015 2018) managed to involve over 10,000 Moldovans, staying temporarily or permanently abroad. They contributed over 166,000 USD to realisation of 55 infrastructure and social economic projects in 38 communities where there were created native associations.

Also, through cooperation with the UN Agency for Migration, the central authorities will be supported in adjusting national policies and legislation to ensure more effective management of labour migration. The National Agency for Employment will thus reconfigure the services offered to Moldovan migrants, at all stages of migration.

Since 2015, local public authorities have learnt to work with migrants to promote local development. By 2018, this model of collaboration has been taken over by more than one hundred localities throughout Moldova (15 per cent of the total number of localities in Moldova).

Phase II of the UNDP project: Migration and Local Development, with a total budget of $6.4 million, will run in 2019 2022.

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