Cabinet OKs pact on migration and mobility with Italy | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The Cabinet on Wednesday gave post-facto approval to the ‘Migration and Mobility Agreement’ between India and Italy, aiming to enhance people-to-people contacts and facilitate mobility of students, skilled workers and business professionals. It will also boost cooperation on issues related to irregular migration.
“Agreement locks in the current Italian visa regime, including mechanisms for post-study opportunities, internships & professional trainings, assuring an advantage for India under existing labour mobility pathways…” the government said.
Cooperation between India and Italy in the fight against irregular migration has also been formalised through the agreement.
Some of the key provisions of the MoU include allowing temporary residence of up to one year in Italy to Indian students wishing to gather initial professional experience after completing academic and vocational training there. The Italian side has detailed provisions related to professional training, extracurricular internships and curricular internships, which allow Indian students and trainees to gain experience in Italian skill and training standards.
For workers, the Italian side has reserved a quota of 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 non-seasonal Indian workers for 2023, 2024 and 2025 under the current Flows Decree (total reserved quota stands at 12,000 for non-seasonal workers). Additionally, the Italian side has reserved a quota of 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 seasonal Indian workers for 2023, 2024 and 2025 (total reserved quota stands at 8,000 for seasonal workers).
Under the Flows Decree, Italy has offered incremental reserved quotas for both seasonal and non-seasonal workers from 2023-25. The agreement also formalises joint working on furthering mobility pathways between India and Italy through agreements on Youth Mobility and Facilitation of Recruitment of Indian qualified professionals in the healthcare and medical services sectors, which will be discussed under the joint working group.



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