The 13th International Migration Law training took place in San Remo, Italy from 25 to 29 September 2017 with 48 participants drawn from a diverse set of countries and organizations attending.
Kenya was represented by two legal experts working with the Department of Immigration Services namely, Mr. Samuel Kariuki and Mr. Jimmy Nyikuli. The training was organized by the International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The key objective of the course was to raise awareness among Government officials working in the field of migration on the importance of international legal instruments in the management of migration. The course highlighted key legal issues in migration governance and management, at both the international and national levels.
The participants discussed various migration laws and explored legal solutions to current challenges in the formulation of migration policies.
The course was of great importance to the Kenyan context as it tackled migration related topics that the country’s Immigration officials face in their work, such as smuggling and trafficking in persons. Due to Kenya’s geographical location and porous borders, human traffickers and smugglers attempt to use the country as a transit point into Europe and Asia by either sea or air.
The participants were also educated on the need to use rights based approaches when dealing with migrants. ‘We are committed to utilize the knowledge gained in advising the Department of Immigration on international legal instruments on migration and best approaches to be used in handling migration related issues’, said Mr. Kariuki.
‘The case studies in the training offered me with an opportunity to use my acquired knowledge and suggest responses to real life situations in accordance with the International Migration Law’, said Mr. Nyikuli.
The two immigration officers from Kenya were sponsored by IIHL as well as the on-going “Better Migration Management” (BMM) programme, which aims to improve migration management, in particular reducing the trafficking and smuggling of migrants, within and from the Horn of Africa region.
IOM has been supporting the Government of Kenya to shape their National Migration Policy through the National Coordination Mechanism on Migration (NCM), including capacity building, training on integrated border management, installation of vital equipment and in establishing the proposed Kenya Migration Training Institute. Funding for this comes from the Government of Japan and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
IOM is also supporting the Government of Kenya through the “Better Migration Management” (BMM), funded by the EU Trust Fund for Africa and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and coordinated by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).