International Agencies Fund Normalization of EAC Migration Policies

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The International Organization for Migration and the United Kingdom's Department for International Development have signed an agreement to support the East African Community efforts to harmonize migration management in the region. A news release from the International Organization for Migration says the agreement will contribute towards overall efforts to ensure free and safe movement of people between East African Community Partner States. It will also tackle issues such as irregular migration, smuggling, human trafficking and labour migration. The East African region is characterized by large refugee movements and internally displaced people, labour migration, irregular migration like trafficking and human smuggling)and traditional temporary migration. Many of the migrants originating from the Partner States remain within the region. Studies by the International Organization for Migration have shown that countries in the region are also source and transit countries for both refugee and irregular migrant flows along the Mediterranean Route. People move from the region to Sudan, Egypt and Libya and onwards to Europe. The funding of 821,000 dollars, or 1.58 billion shillings, will allow the International Organization for Migration to support the East African Community Secretary and Partner States to strengthen their capacity to address these migration issues. A new Migration Desk will be established at the Secretariat to increase migration expertise at policy making level. In addition, a Regional Advisory Committee will be set up to enhance dialogue on migration with other regions and countries and a Migration Resource Centre established in Arusha at the EAC Secretariat. This will include a physical and online library for the collection and sharing of information on migration trends and practices.