IOM Facilitates Study Tour on Labor Migration for Malagasy Officials to Mauritius

Date Publish: 
Friday, March 4, 2016

A delegation of Malagasy officials recently completed a four-day study tour to Mauritius to examine labor migration management. The visit, which was facilitated by the IOM, focused on sharing experiences on the institutional and administrative framework governing labor migration. It also looked at successful practices of ‘south-south’ and ‘south-north’ labor migration and identified opportunities for strengthening cooperation between the countries.

The delegation included senior advisors from the President and Prime Minister’s Offices, officials from the Ministries of Employment, Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Interior, representatives from the Malagasy Embassy in Mauritius, and IOM Officials from both the Offices in Madagascar and Mauritius. Each had the opportunity to meet and exchange with a range of Mauritian government officials, with Malagasy workers in Mauritius, and with representatives of the private sector.

Madagascar continues to face challenging socio-economic situations. The United Nations estimates that nearly 336,000 jobs—or 30% of the formal employment sector—have been lost in the past five years. This has led an increasing number of Malagasy nationals looking for opportunities abroad. International labor migration increasingly is recognized as a short to medium term coping strategy that can bring potential developmental gains both for the migrants themselves and their communities of origin.

Against this background, and with the financial contribution from the IOM Development Fund (IDF), IOM supports the Ministry of Employment in the implementation of its labor migration strategy, in particular by enabling the practical implementation of the labor migration policies of the Government of Madagascar and by strengthening Madagascar’s capacity on bilateral labor migration engagements.

The study tour is one of many activities under the 18-month initiative aimed at strengthening labor migration management in the country, which also features capacity building sessions for stakeholders on concepts and international frameworks for labor migration, the realization of a comprehensive labor migration assessment, and provision of support to stakeholders to develop guidelines for negotiating labor agreements in ways that ensure migrants’ rights are protected.

"The sharing of experiences, discussions and exchanges, as well as the concrete exposure to some of the opportunities that can be leveraged but also to some of the challenges that need policy-makers attention when considering labor migration is an essential part of this process towards strengthened management,” said Daniel Silva y Poveda, IOM Madagascar’s Head of Office.

For further information please contact Daniel Silva y Poveda, IOM Madagascar,  Tel: +261.32 56 54 954, Email: 

Or Timon Van Lidth, IOM Mauritius at +230.52 54 23 38, Email: