Published On: Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Emigration becomes key feature of National Fiscal Policy: Bligh

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ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Education and Interior Eng. Bligh-Ur-Rehman said emigration of the population has become an institutionalized activity and an important feature of National Fiscal Policy.

Addressing an International Conference on Migration, Education and Development in South Asia, Eng Bligh-ur-Rehman said that every year millions of people move around the world for better economic opportunities and this phenomenon is as old as humanity itself, but the study of human migration as social and economic phenomenon is of recent origin.

He further said that it about four decades ago that studies in migration gained some ground in the field of systematic enquiry and research. He also appreciated the demographers and statisticians tried to make the best of the limited census data in order to estimate the volume of migration.

He pointed out that internationally the flow of migration was diverted to oil producing countries of Asia and Africa and a huge number of Pakistani migrated to these countries.

The Minister further said that active involvement of government and non-gover4nment agencies in labor recruitment for Middle East the migration of the population turned into an institutionalized activity and regular outflow of the labor came to be accepted as an important element of the national fiscal policy.

The Minister hoped that the two day conference on Migration, Education and Development in South Asia, organized jointly by departments of Anthropology and Sociology of Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad in collaboration with HEC and British Council will deal mainly with the issues of migration and its linkages with education and development in Pakistan.

He said that education and migration are linked in multiple ways as migration may promote investment in education and on the other hand education may disrupt children education. He further said that he is hopeful that scholars and the contributors who are participating in this conference will deliberate on this issue and come up with practical suggestions for the policy makers.