The workshop brought together 23 immigration officers who work in the passport control unit, within the Department of Immigration Services. The unit facilitates the entry and exit of individuals across the country’s border points.©IOM 2017 (Photo: Joseph Kabiru)
In a bid to rid Kenya of travel document related crimes, frontline officers drawn from the Department of Immigration Services from the North Rift and Eastern region attended a two-day training workshop on false documentation and imposter detection.
The cascading workshop was held on 17 November in Meru County and was organized by IOM. It brought together 23 immigration officers who work in the passport control unit, within the Department of Immigration Services. The unit facilitates the entry and exit of individuals across the country’s border points.
Among the areas of training targeted by the workshop were migrant smuggling and human trafficking. The workshop sought to build on previous training undertaken by IOM’s African Capacity Building Centre. The workshop is the second training so far, with the maiden one held in Eldoret County targeting immigration officers from the Western region.
While opening the workshop, the Assistant Director of Immigration Services for the Eastern Region, Mr. Dickson Onsongo, stressed the importance of the training which he pointed out will arm the immigration officers with additional knowledge on fraud detection and prevention, stating:
“Such trainings are very important for immigration officer across the country as it will strengthen our skills in the detection, disruption and prevention of emerging fraud trends in the country.”
The workshop comes against the backdrop of a worldwide upsurge of mixed migration flows, irregular immigration and transnational crime. In turn, this has led to increased concerns over the security of travel documents and calls for measures to reinforce and/or prevent rampant incidences of irregular travel documents have been prominent.
During the event, IOM handed over 25 ultraviolet light units to aid the Department of Immigration’s Services work in checking the authenticity of various travel documents.
The workshop was organized through the project “Improving Capacities to Manage Borders in Kenya” funded by the Government of Japan.