Islamabad: Federal Minister for Human Resource Development, Barrister Feroz Jamal Shah Kakakhel demanded from Budapest members’ countries and European Union representatives to enhance the Quota of Pakistan manpower export to European Union and Budapest member countries.

Federal Minister emphasized that Pakistan and other silk route region countries’ quotas of legal migration should be enhanced on merit, without any kind of discrimination, racism and xenophobia.

The Minister was addressing the 5th International Ministerial Conference of Budapest process in Istanbul, said a statement received here Friday.

He said that it was his firm belief that enhancing legal migration quota would be an effective way to decrease illegal migration from silk route region to Budapest member countries.

Federal Minister said that approximately 6.45 million Pakistanis have proceeded abroad for employment, out of which 96 percent went to Gulf countries whereas less than 1 percent Pakistanis have been given an opportunity in European countries, and this discrimination against Pakistan and silk route region countries gave rise to illegal migration.

More so, he added Pakistan Government had established Inter Agency Task Force IATF and Migration Management Cell under the Interior Ministry of Pakistan to curb illegal migration and these bodies were also exchanging data with Budapest member countries.

Budapest Process Ministerial conference is an International forum where more than 50 countries discuss and formulate the migration policies of member countries.

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