As the Asian arm of Metropolis International, Metropolis Asia is directed towards the development of strategic responses to the effects of international migration and capacity building of its partners in the Asia-Pacific region via information and data sharing. This purpose is expected to be achieved through the establishment of a virtual research network that gathers key resources in which one of the primary channels would be the organization’s website.
The website, www.metropolisasia.org, was created and launched by the CFO in collaboration with the other members of the Metropolis Asia Secretariat namely the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Philippines, IOM Migration Research and Training Centre Korea (MRTC) and the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). The Metropolis Asian Secretariat supports the Metropolis International Steering Committee (ISC) through ensuring adequate communication among partners as well as taking direct responsibility for the implementation of ISC-approved work program in Asia.
The network aims to centralize relevant research and information on migration and development and to offer a virtual space for exchange and learning. It intends to support and encourage coordination and cooperation between Metropolis Asia, Metropolis International and its stakeholders. Its objectives include: establishing a framework for dialogue and cooperation among relevant national and international institutions in Asia among academe, government, civil society, research and international organizations vis-à-vis international migration; serving as a regional clearinghouse and venue for planning both on a short-term and long-term basis migration researches, policy studies and program/projects resulting from studies; developing best practice models in action-research; and linking research and policy at the local, national, regional and international levels.