RMMS Mixed Migration Monthly Summary: East Africa and Yemen (March 2018)
Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) summary for March 2018 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia / Somaliland and Yemen.
Policy dialogue: on 13 and 14 February 2018, the Technical Working Group on Migration of IGAD met for a two day workshop in Djibouti. This fourth meeting of the working group was facilitated by IGAD’s Senior Migration Program Coordinator, Ms. Caroline Njuki, and chaired by the Acting Director of Health and Social Development, Ms. Fathia Alwan. The objectives of the meeting were: to explore new approaches to migration while identifying collaboration opportunities; to enhance linkages between various divisions and programs; to follow up on recommendations and planned activities from the previous thematic working group meeting; and to identify joint actions and way forward which included outreach, regular information sharing, development of an early warning system, and discussions on the Protocol of Free Movement. Additionally, Djibouti’s Office of Assistance for Refugees and Disaster Stricken People (ONARS) along with UNHCR conducted awareness raising sessions in Djibouti-Ville in March on the country’s new refugee law. Around 200 participants from local authorities, youth representatives, local community groups and refugees attended these sessions.
Similarly, on 12-13 March 2018, the “Regional Conference on the Protection of Child Migrants in the Horn of Africa” took place in Djibouti to address the safety and dignity of children migrating in the Horn of Africa. More than 170 international, regional and national experts attended. State representatives and experts from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Denmark, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Germany, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, and more, as well as of the EU discussed with international experts from UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, as well as BMM’s implementing partners, such as GIZ, IOM, and UNODC, and Civil Society Organizations. The conference was organized by the Better Migration Management (BMM) Program with the support of Safe the Children International (SCI).