In a significant development, Italy has approved a migration and mobility agreement with India, allowing Indian students completing their degrees in the country an additional 12-month stay for initial professional experience. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, granted ex-post facto approval to the agreement, emphasizing the strengthening of people-to-people contacts and cooperation on issues related to irregular migration.
- Indian students completing academic or vocational training in Italy can now stay for up to 12 months for initial professional experience.
- The agreement secures existing provisions, including post-study opportunities, internships, and professional training, under the Flows Decree, providing an advantage to Indian students.
- Quotas have been allocated for non-seasonal Indian workers, with 5,000, 6,000, and 7,000 workers designated for the years 2023, 2024, and 2025, respectively.
- Additional quotas of 3,000, 4,000, and 5,000 seasonal Indian workers have been set aside for the same years under the Flows Decree.
- Provisions for professional training, extracurricular internships, and curricular internships are outlined, aligning with Italian skill and training standards.
Collaborative Efforts and Joint Working Group (JWG):
- The agreement formalizes collaborative efforts to enhance mobility pathways between India and Italy.
- Youth mobility and the recruitment of Indian-qualified professionals in healthcare and medical services sectors will be discussed under the Joint Working Group.
- Cooperation between the two countries to combat irregular migration is established.
Implementation and Monitoring:
- The agreement will be in force for five years and will automatically renew for a similar successive period unless terminated by any participant.
- A Joint Working Group (JWG) will be formed to monitor the agreement, meeting periodically to oversee its implementation, share relevant information, and assess progress.
- The agreement was signed on November 2, 2023, with Dr. S Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister, representing the Indian government.
- Shri Antonio Tajani, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, represented the Italian government during the signing.
This agreement reflects a positive step toward enhancing educational and professional opportunities for Indian students in Italy, fostering closer ties between the two nations.