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NRI Affairs Commissioner to conduct Goa Migration Monitoring study

By Staff

Panaji, May 2 (UNI) Commissioner for NRI Affairs in Goa, in collaboration with the Centre for Development Studies, the Department of Planning and Statistics of state government and the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, will conduct a Goa Migration Monitoring study.

Speaking to mediapersons here today, Commissioner for NRI Affairs Mr Eduardo Faleiro said the purpose of the study is to collect data on migration from Goa as well as into Goa and analyze its impact on the social and economic situation of our state. A comprehensive survey of households throughout Goa will be conducted to measure the volume of migration and to analyze its socio-economic consequences.

He said the Centre for Development studies is an autonomous Research Centre, funded by the government of India and is based in Kerala. It is one of the foremost institutes for Developmental Economics in the country. The study is expected to be completed within this year.

Mr Faleiro also said that the study will report on the demographic, social and economic characteristics of our emigrants, impact of migration on social sectors such as education, health and will contain a special report on the elderly, women and children left behind. The study will also address the problems encountered by emigrants in the countries of their destination.

Mr Faleira said, ''The government of Goa, at our request, has appointed a nodal officer in the Directorate of Industries, to assist NRIs willing to invest in Goa and to provide facilities to Goan expatriates. Our department have now decided to establish an 'Overseas Goan Facilitation Centre', in partnership with the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The Senior officials of both will visit Goa soon to finalise this matter.'' UNI SRN SR RL HS1417

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