Project Overview

RSIL served as a consultant to the International Organization for Migration to facilitate the domestic implementation of the EU-Pakistan Readmission Agreement in relation to the return and readmission of irregular migrants. The RSIL Research team conducted an extensive Desk Review of all relevant Statutes, Statutory Instruments, Rules, Regulations and Notifications pertaining to readmission into Pakistan of irregular migrants from the EU. This was followed by a study of the procedures and mechanisms employed to deal with third-country nationals that may be returned to Pakistan, the identifying and mapping of various government entities required to enforce the Agreement, as well as identifying the gaps in domestic processes.

Project Outcomes

This research led to the development of a Readmission Procedure Manual which formed the basis for the Government of Pakistan’s internal procedures for the return and readmission of irregular migrants of Pakistani origin. The procedures involved nine Federal and Provincial Government departments including, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, various Pakistani Embassies in Europe, the Ministry of Interior, the Federal Investigation Agency, the National Database and Registration Authority, the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation, the Board of Overseas Employment and Immigration, Provincial Social Welfare Departments, and the Pakistan Police. To ensure the timely implementation of the internal procedures, RSIL researchers trained over 150 government officials both within Pakistan and abroad.

Date: January 2013 to December 2013

Team: Oves Anwar,

Funded By: International Organization for Migration (IOM)