Moldovan delegation, including IOM Moldova visits diaspora educational centres in the Portuguese Republic
Chisinau – During 10-14 March 2017, a Moldovan delegation composed of representatives of IOM Moldova, State Chancellery of the Republic of Moldova, Diaspora Relations Bureau and Ministry of Education visited the Portuguese Republic in order to monitor ongoing educational activities organized in the diaspora and strengthen cooperation with Moldovan diaspora and Portuguese authorities in the field of migration and diaspora.
The three educational centres visited – Cultural and Religious Association “LusOrtodoxia (Faro), Cultural Association of Moldovan Immigrants “Miorita” (Barreiro) and Educational Centre of Moldovan Diaspora in Cascais – were earlier supported within the Diaspora Engagement Hub alongside other 7 educational centres and each received a 3,500 USD grant from IOM’s International Development Fund. These centres will be also the first implementers of the new Romanian language curriculum developed for second-generation diaspora that will be launched in the summer of 2017.
The delegation also met with Moldovan citizens – diaspora representatives – in each of the cities to present them available governmental programmes for diaspora and discuss further prospects of cooperation in the field of diaspora engagement and educational rpogrammes. Additionally, the delegation visited the Martisor 2017 Festival – a traditional spring celebration, organized by Moldavan Cultural Association in Cascais.
The delegation has also met with representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova, IOM in Lisbon and Portuguese authorities – Portuguese Refugee Council (CPR) and Portuguese Immigration and Border Service (SEF) to discuss their experience in dealing with immigrants and their integration into the Portuguese society and tailoring and implementing programmes for them.
The Diaspora Engagement Hub is implemented by Diaspora Relations Bureau and IOM Moldova and is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and IOM International Development Fund. To learn more about the programme, please click here.