21 May 2012 - The International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) sponsored a training for Europe-based Philippine Labor Attachés from May 15 to 17 in Vienna.
Labor Attachés and Welfare Officers of the Philippines from Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom attended the training. They were also joined by representatives from the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) and the Philippine Embassy in Vienna.
Philippine Ambassador to Austria Lourdes O. Yparraguirre and ICMPD Director Martin Pluim addressed the participants during the opening session. Other speakers included Mr. Heinz Kutrowatz of the Austrian Ministry for Work, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection, Ms. Ann-Charlotte Nygard of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, and Ms. Evelyn Probst of LEFÖ, a non-governmental organization running an intervention center for trafficked women.
Among the topics discussed during the seminar were European Union (EU) legislation and policies in the field of migration, and EU labor market trends and migration flows. A strong focus was also given to the protection of migrants in the EU, irregular migration and human trafficking and programs that are meant to address these issues.
The Labor Attachés and Welfare Officers developed an initial document which could serve as the basis for an Anti-Human Trafficking Action Plan for the Philippines.
ICMPD is an international organization with headquarters in Vienna, a mission in Brussels, and a representative for the international organizations in Geneva. The organization was founded in 1993 upon the initiative of Austria and Switzerland to provide expertise and support in multilateral cooperation on migration and asylum issues.