ISLAMABAD: The capital’s first Protectorate of Emigrants office to provide legal migration services under the umbrella of the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment was inaugurated on Friday.

The opening of the protectorate of emigrants is aimed at revolutionising migration services and strengthening the government’s commitment to safe migration, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Jawad Sohrab Malik said.

While inaugurating the protectorate office, Mr Sohrab Malik stated that the groundbreaking initiative not only underscores the government’s dedication to ensuring the welfare of its citizens seeking employment abroad but also positions Islamabad as a focal point for international collaboration on labour and migration issues.

He also highlighted the strategic importance of establishing the protectorate office in Islamabad, a city that hosts numerous international organisations, including labour and migration entities as well as foreign embassies.

Recently, two protectorate of emigrant offices were opened in Bagh and Rawalakot in Azad Jammu and Kashmir to expand the migration services across the country. These steps are reflective of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development’s ongoing mission to facilitate the journey of Pakistani workers abroad, ensuring their rights and well-being are prioritised at every stage.

Speaking on the occasion, Jawad Sohrab stated that the opening of the Islamabad Protectorate Office is not just a milestone for our capital but a testament to Pakistan’s resolve in championing the causes of safe and legal migration globally.” Mr Malik remarked, “This office will serve as the model protectorate, showcasing our commitment to excellence and our readiness to collaborate with international partners in upholding global migration standards.”.

The Islamabad Protectorate Office is set to become a model for migration services, offering comprehensive support to individuals seeking overseas employment opportunities. It aims to serve as a beacon of hope and assurance for the Pakistani workforce, facilitating their access to legitimate employment avenues and safeguarding their rights across borders.

This initiative is part of a larger government strategy to boost employment opportunities for Pakistanis both at home and abroad, contributing significantly to the nation’s economy through remittances.

The Special Assistant to the Prime Minister expressed unwavering dedication to enhancing the migration experience for Pakistani workers, which is evident in the establishment of these offices, which promise to make a significant impact on the lives of many.

Published in Dawn, March 2nd, 2024

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