IOM Chief of Mission to Moldova met delegation of Japanese scholars to discuss Moldovan labour migration to Italy

Date Publish: 
Monday, March 25, 2019


On 22 March 2019, IOM Chief of Mission met a group of university professors from Japan at the UN House in Chisinau to discuss Moldovan labour migration to Italy.

The Japanese scholars – Dr. Tokafumi Nakajima from Gakushuin Women's College, Dr. Eri Chiriki, Wako University, Dr. Aya Sabamatsu, Keisen University, Tokyo –are conducting a study on European policies on circulator migration. For this purpose the scholars undertook a 3 day visit to study Moldova’s experience on leveraging the development potential of migration. “IOM believes that circular migration is extremely important for sending and receiving countries in terms of the exchanges and capabilities that migrants can gain from the host country and bring back to their community”, stated IOM Chief of Mission to Moldova. 

IOM Chief of Mission Mr. Lars Johan Lönnback and IOM Programme Manager Mr.Ghenadie Cretu informed the Japanese academics on the key facts and figures of Moldovan migration to Italy, as well as on the concrete initiatives on circular migration of Moldovan labour migrants, the importance of evidence-base policy development, the implementation of return, reintegration and retention programs, and the existing mechanism to reaching out to and engaging diaspora into home country’s development.