Immigration office to open in Sana’aMeetings slated on expatriates affairs [Archives:2003/684/Business & Economy]

November 9 2003

A delegation representing the International Organisation for Immigration has recently held talks in the Yemeni capital Sana'a aimed at discussing issues associated with topic of immigration and its changeables under globalization and the ideas about affairs of expatriation as a preliminary phenomenon of the very images of globalization itself.
In his meting with the delegation chaired by the official in charge of immigration at the organisation, Prime Minister Abdulqader Bajammal described immigration as the natural phenomenon of the globalization aspects; requesting the organisation that it should work for enhancing legal protection for expatriates, respect their legitimate rights and increase of humane treatment for them.
Head of the delegation to Yemen has found good response by the officials to the organization's activities. The organisation is intending to open soon a bureau for it in Sana'a with the aim of contributing to develop its activities meant for expatriates' affairs.
The organisation is planning to hold a number of symposiums in the capital Sana'a with participation of the region's countries for reaching at solutions to issues of expatriates in a detailed manner and to present their results to a regional conference the organisation is to hold later.
The organization's delegation has also discussed with deputy prime minister, the minister of planning and international cooperation Ahmed Soufan projects related to expatriates and the goals intended from holding the international workshop on dialogue on expatriation scheduled to be held in Yemen next year.
The workshop would be attended, in addition to Yemen, by countries like the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the sultanate of Oman. The workshop, acquiring a regional conference characteristic, is intended to discuss issues of expatriates and immigrants and their rights. The workshop is also to discuss issues of illegal migration, labour market and rehabilitation of labour. This could be a step forward to establish a serious dialogue on the phenomenon of expatriation and problems resulting from it.
Mr Soufan has confirmed during his talks with the organization's delegation Yemen's support for expatriates and it endeavour to provide better care for them in addition to strengthening contacts with them, especially with Yemeni expatriates in the region's states and the Horn of Africa, saying Yemen sends labour and receives refugees and foreign workers and that the problem of seeking refugee status has affected the economy in Yemen.
Following its meeting with the minister for expatriates affairs the delegation has come out with positive results and perceptions that would increase cooperation between the immigration organisation and Yemen in a manner that is expected to help implement projects of expatriates via practical and serious measures.
Yemen considers its people as among the successive generations in search for work opportunities since ancient times and it intends to benefit from their capitals and money for investment in available opportunities for them in Yemen, especially in the Free Zone in Aden.