MMN and Mekong Institute (MI) successfully conducted a regional training course on Labor Migration Management in the Greater Mekong Sub-region from the 10th to the 28th of November, 2008. This training course aimed to enhance capacity of policy makers and implementers of concerned ministries in labour migration management and to foster cooperation among the concerned countries and ministries.23 government officials from the Ministry of Labor, the Ministries of Interior, the Ministries of Social Welfare, the Ministry of Women Affairs/Women Union, the Ministry of Justice, and the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in the six countries actively participated in the 3 week long training course.
The course curriculum included the overview of and discussion on various migration patterns, global/regional trends and responses, international standards, bilateral/multilateral agreements, approaches to irregular migration and policy formulation.
Various teaching methodologies were employed, such as group work, role plays, debate, roundtable discussion, and exposure trip.
MMN and MI will assess the outcome and revise the training package for future training courses. In addition to the 3 week long training course, MMN and MI plan to co-organise more activities on labour migration in the GMS in 2009-2011.