Media Launch of UNESCO publication on the social inclusion of internal migrants in India

When, local time: 
Thursday, 17 October 2013 -
10:00am to 2:00pm
Where: 
India, New Delhi
Type of Event: 
Press Conference
Contact: 
Marina Faetanini, Programme Specialist, SHS, UNESCO New Delhi. Email: m.faetanini@unesco.org

On the occasion of the 2013 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the UNESCO Office in New Delhi and UNICEF are jointly organizing a media launch of a new publication on the social inclusion of internal migrants in India, supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, as part of the Tata Trust Migrant Support Program.

The document acts as an overview of existing innovative practices that increase the inclusion of internal migrants in society and act as a living document that would inspire and assist professionals and governments officials in their attempts to facilitate the social inclusion of migrants in India.

Through this publication, UNESCO wishes to increase visibility and recognition of the internal migration phenomenon in India, disseminate evidence based experiences and practices, and provoke a paradigm shift in the perception and portrayal of migrants by addressing myths and misconceptions and creating awareness on the benefits of migrants’ inclusion in society.

“Social Inclusion of Internal Migration in India” focuses on ten key areas for a better social inclusion of migrants: Registration and Identity; Political and Civic Inclusion; Labour Market Inclusion; Legal Aid and Dispute Resolution; Inclusion of Women Migrants; Inclusion through Access to Food; Inclusion through Housing; Educational Inclusion; Public Health Inclusion and Financial Inclusion.

The event will also showcase a film produced by a NGO, The Restoring Force, running a community radio program called “Gurgaon ki Awaaz” that addresses the needs of the hundreds of villages, semi-urban clusters, and urban slums in Gurgaon, Haryana.

This media launch will witness esteemed and diligent panelists; gathering those responsible for framing public policies on social inclusion, gender and migration, as well as experts, researchers and national media representatives to deliberate and discuss pertinent issues facilitating the social inclusion of internal migrants.

The publication will be widely shared across the region and beyond for the purpose of informing of various approaches and strategies in working towards social inclusion of internal migrants.