UN migration agency hosts training to strengthen migrant protection capacities in East Africa

Photo credit: Melissa Tui /IOM/

TMP – 23/10/2017

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), in cooperation with the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), recently organized a two-week training session to enhance migration governance and migrant protection in East Africa.

The training was held in September in Tanzania and was attended by over 30 government representatives and heads of local institutions for migration and security from the IGAD member states of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

Explaining the relevance of the training session, Mary Mideva Kezzah of the Kenyan Ministry of the East Africa Community, Labour and Social Protection said: “The training provided us with an opportunity to learn about current developments in the IGAD region and I believe that we gained very relevant knowledge – especially now that IGAD Member States are in the process of developing national policies on migration and border management.”

Colonel Mohammed Said-Ahmed from the Sudanese Ministry of Interior applauded the growing collaboration between IOM and IGAD on the issue of migration control, and noted that this type of capacity building training would enable IGAD state representatives to apply their learning domestically.
Qasim Sufi, IOM Tanzania’s Chief of Mission, encouraged participants to use the training to harness the fruits of migration and address its challenges in their home countries.

An updated manual for similar training sessions will be developed by IOM’s African Capacity Building Centre, based on recommendations put forward during the two-week event.

According to IOM, almost all countries in the IGAD region are either origin or transit countries for irregular migrants.
The latest report from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations organization identified Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda to be among the world’s top 10 refugee host countries. According to the report, Uganda hosts more than 1.3 million refugees while Ethiopia shelters more than 880,000 people.