The project presented on this website is part of the EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI).The JMDI supports civil society organizations and local authorities seeking to contribute to linking migration and development. The JMDI is a 3-year, 15 million Euro global programme implemented by the UNDP Brussels Office in association with IOM, UNHCR,  UNFPA and ILO, and funded by the European Union. The project is undertaken by the following NGO's: Athens Network of Collaborating Experts (ANCE) in Greece and the Egyptian Agribusiness Association (EAGA) in Egypt. In the present website we present the work undertaken by ANCE as the Greek-side partner of the project.


A brief summary  

• The proposed project essentially consists of the mapping-registration, appreciation and data-basing of the human capital needs in the growing Egyptian Aquaculture, and their partial matching by means of the corresponding mapping, selection and data-basing of the Egyptian migrant workforce capabilities available and directly affected in the Greek Aquaculture and Fisheries. To enhance the chances for a successful and sustainable matching of the identified needs (Egypt) with the identified migrant capacities (Greece) we propose the deployment of an innovative intra-sector ‘up-skilling’ program to be addressed to a selected part of the Egyptian migrant workforce in Greece.

• Data-base sharing and the intense networking facilitation among the above two respective and interested professional corpuses is expected to

(a) lead to the ‘up-skilling’ of the Egyptian migrant workforce in Greece

(b) result to the gradual ‘brain-gain’

(c) add to the support of ‘knowledge exchange and transfer’ in favour of Egypt

Finally, at least two coordinated events involving joint activities and separate workshops relevant to aquaculture and fisheries shall be organized with a maximum feasible representation of the immigrant workforce community, the respective professional corpuses of aquaculture industry and fisheries federations and with the extended Greek Community of emigrant Greeks from Egypt and immigrant Greeks to Egypt as a facilitator element.


Main tasks and actions

• One of the main tasks of the project is the conduct of a questionnaire survey that targets a sample of the population of the Egyptian fishermen in Greece. The relevant questionnaire is tailored to provide us with information about the working experience, marital status, educational level and other key facts of the worker's reality. In order to fulfill this task we have engaged in an ongoing "tour" in various fishing ports of Greece. We have completed the survey and conducted a number of 373 interviews. The questionnaire data are an invaluable asset to our efforts of  studying the various communities of Egyptian fishermen scattered around the Greek region in a multiple context including demographic, migratory and work-related information.

• During the last year (2010) we have visited major and minor fishing ports of Greece as well as the villages of origin of the majority of the Egyptian fisheries workers. These are the villages of Ezbet El Bourg, Ras El Barr and Sheikh Dirgham of the Damietta governorate in Egypt. In order to obtain a closer look at these places and the relevant information and experiences gathered from our team while there you may download this document.

• All data from the questionnaires are entered in a database. The future aim is to make the database available for employers within the aquaculture sector.   

 • A questionnaire survey has been concluded with a sample of 50 individuals, targeting the community of Egyptian immigrants that is currently employed in the Greek Aquaculture. These 50 individuals will also enter our database as the basic pool of trained workers in aquaculture, who may act as trainers and staff in the emrging Egyptian Aquaculture. The analysis of the questionnaires is taking place currently. 

• Another important activity of the project is to provide to a selected number of Egyptian fishermen, seminars and training on the aquaculture industry. For the first phase of the seminars we have come in contact with the Fisheries Research Institute ( based in Kavala, Greece and the Kefalonia Fisheries company based in Kefalonia Island. The training aimed to a selected number of fishermen has initiated in both of the above organisations in January 2011 (see the following article on the home page).

•  For the surveyed communities a number of community leaders have been identified and now constitute many of the main nodes of the social network that is created among Egyptian migrant fishermen, our team, recognised Egyptian diaspora members, experts in fisheries and aquacultures and other relevant key figures. Community leaders were selected following a sound, objective and scientifically-based methodology that is presented thoroughly on this paper.

This website aims at presenting to the visitor some aspects of our work, combined with an in-depth view of the Egyptian migrant workforce in Greek fisheries.

For additional info on the project please navigate to the "Project Info" menu bar. A number of documents produced as a result of our work can be accessed through the "Documents" section.