As part of efforts to bolster efficiency and effectiveness of border management operations in Kenya, 22 Government officials drawn from the Department of Immigration Services, underwent a three-day training as part of an ongoing initiative to enhance their capacity on document examination and fraud detection.
The training workshop organized by IOM Kenya was held in Garissa County from 6-8 September 2017 and brought together 22 Immigration officers drawn from Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Isiolo, Nyeri, Nairobi and Moyale Counties, representing various units including the Passport Issuance Unit, Permits Unit and Foreign Nationals Management.
The training aimed at building the capacity of front-line immigration officers who examine the security features of the travel documents and subsequently facilitates the entry and exit of individuals across the country’s border posts in a more effective way.
Topics covered in the training included the production of security documents, printing techniques, document examination, human trafficking/human smuggling, imposter detection, the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol and E- Passport, including an overview of its security features.
In his opening remarks, the Assistant Director of Immigration Services, Research and Training, Mr. Joseph Anindo, recognized the long standing partnership with IOM in regards to previous similar trainings on border management, mentioning the ongoing training workshops as highly beneficial, more so in light of the recently launched, E-Passport for Kenya.
The Assistant Director of Immigration Services North Eastern Region, Mr. Tom Anyim, termed the training as a key step in enhancing border security in Northern Kenya, noting that “criminals are ever re-inventing themselves, and it is imperative we (officers) be ahead of them.”
The officers further shared on the challenges faced in facilitating migration among East African States where they noted that both Kenyan citizens and other foreigners are facing obstacles in traveling to certain EAC countries.
However, they all agreed that the overall benefits of the EAC common market surpassed the challenges and recommended that concerned parties should take action to address existing cross-border challenges.
The training was one of the key activities in the Community Revitalization Programme “Community Assistance and Stabilization to Refugee Host-Communities in Garissa County”, funded by the Government of Japan, currently being implemented in Garissa County with components of Livelihood Support, Immigration and Border Management and Community Policing Initiatives.