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Indian Community Welfare Fund

2030 Agenda migration-relevant and related target Labels: 
Subgoal 10.7 on safe, orderly and regular migration
Subgoal 8.8 on labor rights for migrant workers
Targets on vulnerability and protection
GCM Thematic Cluster Areas: 
Irregular migration and regular pathways
Protection, Empowerment and Rights of Migrants

The 'Indian Community Welfare Fund' is an institutional model to look after the protection and welfare of Indian migrants. The Ministry has established the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) in the 43 Indian Missions across the world in countries that have a significant overseas Indian population.
The Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) is aimed at providing ‘on site' welfare services on a means tested basis in the most deserving cases including:

  • Boarding and lodging for distressed overseas Indian workers in Household / domestic sectors and unskilled labourers
  • Extending emergency medical care to the overseas Indians in need
  • Providing air passage to stranded overseas Indians in need
  • Providing initial legal assistance to the overseas Indians in deserving cases
  • Expenditure on incidentals and for airlifting the mortal remains to India or local cremation/burial of the deceased overseas Indian in such cases where a sponsor is unable or unwilling to do so as per the contract and the family is unable to meet the cost.
GFMD Source: 

2016 GFMD Summit -  RT 2.2 Protecting Migrants in All Situations