International Organization for Migration (IOM) Kenya together with the Department of Immigration Services organized a capacity building training for 22 frontline immigration officials (7 female and 15 male) stationed in Coastal Region from 25 to 27 July 2018 in Malindi.
The training was part of the Better Migration Management programme (BMM) which aims to improve migration management in the region, and in particular to address the trafficking and smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa. The programme is funded through the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It was developed as response to the needs identified by the African countries of the Khartoum Process.
Therefore, BMM is supporting the governments in the Horn of Africa to improve their immigration management. In Kenya, BMM/IOM is providing trainings for the officials at the border control points on irregular migration, production of security documents, document examination, fraud detection, East African E-passports, proposed measures to counter trafficking in persons, customer service principles and other security challenges faced at ports of entry and exit. The participants of this training came from Malindi, Mombasa, Lamu, Kiunga, Moi International Airport, and Lunga Lunga border control points.
The Chief Immigration Officer of the North Coast Region, Mr. Aggrey Odari on behalf of Director of Immigration Services, emphasized in his opening message that, “IOM is our key partner and we are grateful for the support provided to the immigration officials and border points all over the country. IOM is helping in the improvement of our operational capacity at Kenyan border points”.
The trainers from the Department of Immigration Services taught modules introducing the Kenya E-passport, including security features, logistical data structure, Machine Readable Zones, Visual Inspection Zones, data grouping in the passport chip and embedded features through different printing techniques.
The officers learned the practical ways of distinguishing fraudulent travel documents from genuine ones. They were exposed to the main security features embedded in travel documents. The officers also interacted and shared experiences from different duty stations and the challenges faced in facilitating safe and orderly migration.
Ms. Monica one of the participants, expressed her satisfaction, “Now I am confident in handling travel documents and talking to the passengers because I know what to look for in a passport and where to look for it”.
To date, through the BMM Programme, IOM has trained 87 immigration officials on document examination, fraud detection, countering human trafficking and smuggling of migrants to improve migration management in Kenya. In addition, 84 border officials were trained on Coordinated Border Management targeting the Kenya Border Management Committee in Namanga, Kisumu, Moyale and Ukunda. Further, to ensure community buy-in for improved and coordinated border management in Kenya, community engagement sessions for coordinated border management with border committees are being conducted through the BMM Programme to achieve a holistic approach to border management, countering human trafficking and smuggling of migrants.
BMM is active in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The programme is implemented by a partnership of European and international organisations (British Council, CIVIPOL, Expertise France, GIZ, Italian Department of Public Security, IOM, UNODC) in four components: Policy and harmonization, capacity building, protection, and awareness-raising.